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,
Brian Ferguson, Director, DC Mayor’s Office of Returning
Malcom Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Uber
Charles Jones, Deputy Director, Washington, DC, Department
of Employment Services
Nancy La Vigne, Director, Justice Policy Center, Urban
Katherine Mereand-Sinha, Program Manager of Technology and
Innovation, Washington, DC, Department of Small and Local
Cynthia Roseberry, Executive Director, Council for Court
Gustavo Velasquez, Director, Washington-Area Research
Initiative, Urban Institute
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