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Kari A. Stephens, Sandra Ibarra & Kim Moore

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Chapter 28: Advocacy in the Legal System: Cultural Complexities

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Advocacy in the Legal System: Cultural Complexities
Advocacy in the legal system: Cultural complexities
Kari A.StephensUniversity of Washington
SandraIbarraSeattle, Washington
KimMooreUniversity of Washington

Many people involved in the legal system have experienced abuse, racism, sexism, classism, or other forms of oppression. This chapter will address these issues as they relate to persons from diverse populations. Although every individual has a unique set of cultural influences and beliefs, we specifically highlight a definition of diversity that includes race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, indigenous status, age, and social class. These designations of diversity can lead to barriers and obstacles that result in unfair and disparate treatment. To cover all issues of diversity as they relate to advocacy would entail a very lengthy discussion. In order to create a realistic scope ...

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