Seattle is already a mecca for global public health work, as it's home to the headquarters of big-name organizations like PATH and the Gates Foundation and to the recently established UW Department of Global Health. Could it be a mecca for human rights work as well?
Perhaps it could, if Senator Paull Shin and ten co-sponsors can pass their bill to create a human rights center at the UW. Shin's bill would build on the newly created Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human RIghts, which just came into existence today. But it comes with a $1 million price tag, a tall order given a down economy and a huge budget deficit.