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July 11, 2017, Employment Prospects for People with Criminal Records in Washington, DC. Urban Institute.

Live at Urban - Employment Prospects for People with Criminal Records in DC

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast will be available at 9:00 a.m.
Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20037  

Registration is required to attend this event. 

Join the Urban Institute as we present the challenges people with criminal records face while seeking employment and discuss how best to create access to stable, well-paying jobs for some of Washington, DC’s most vulnerable residents. In a recent study, Urban researchers found that one in seven Washingtonians have a criminal record in the court system, but only half of them have a conviction. Because of flaws in criminal background checks, employers can receive reports that include records without a conviction, leading them to turn away otherwise suitable candidates. Such gaps create unnecessary obstacles for people with criminal records who already experience significant challenges in accessing a limited pool of available jobs.

The event will feature local DC government representatives, national and local employers, people who have experienced employment barriers because of their criminal records, Urban researchers, and advocacy organizations. We will explore the policy and practice of employing people with criminal records and learn what can be done to enhance their employment opportunities.

  • Will Avila, CEO, Changing Perceptions (local employer committed to hiring returning citizens)
  • Marina Duane, Research Associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Brian Ferguson, Director, DC Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizen Affairs
  • Malcom Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Uber Technologies, Inc.
  • Charles Jones, Deputy Director, Washington, DC, Department of Employment Services
  • Nancy La Vigne, Director, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Katherine Mereand-Sinha, Program Manager of Technology and Innovation, Washington, DC, Department of Small and Local Business Development
  • Cynthia Roseberry, Executive Director, Council for Court Excellence
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Director, Washington-Area Research Initiative, Urban Institute

Support for this event has been provided by Uber Technologies.
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