A2J Know Your Rights Webinars – April 2021

April ACCESS TO JUSTICE CALENDAR

Safer Foundation’s A2J Community Navigators conduct Know Your Rights Education sessions for people who are incarcerated and those with arrest and conviction records. They also connect people to legal services and reentry services. 

Access to Justice (A2J) is an Illinois statewide program that seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation on vulnerable communities by: expanding effective and holistic community-based legal services, providing opportunities for authentic local leadership of affected individuals, sharing experience and best practices between partner organizations to increase capacity, and engaging in public discourse about the consequences of incarceration and deportation. This will be achieved through mass education provided through Community Navigators and the provision of legal services.

Introducing the Family Matters Webinar Series

We believe it is important for people engaged with and impacted by the justice system to know their rights. That is why Safer Foundation, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Institute (WJI), is conducting a series of webinars to help people who are incarcerated and people with arrest and conviction records know their rights, know their remedies and also help connect them to legal and reentry resources.

This series of webinars covers some of the basics of family law, particularly focusing on how family law intersects with the criminal legal system. The first webinar examines the importance of family connections when a parent is incarcerated. The second webinar will examine child placement options when someone is incarcerated. The third webinar will examine domestic relations, including divorce, custody, and visitation. The fourth webinar will examine the child welfare system and parental rights.

Wednesday, April 14th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am April Workforce 360

The recent passing of the Illinois Black Caucus’ Criminal Justice Bill, the SAFE-T Act, ended license suspensions for unpaid traffic, automated speed, and red light camera tickets. The bill also reinstates licenses suspended or held for these unpaid tickets as well as unpaid abandoned vehicle fines or fees. These changes mean Illinois no longer suspends driver’s licenses for any unpaid ticket fines or fees!

With the removal of this common barriers to employment, hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans could have increased access to transportation and better jobs. But when and how can job seekers begin to take advantage of the new legislation?

Join the Jobs Council and Safer Foundation as we discuss how to guide your job seekers through the process of getting their licenses back. We’ll also engage attendees in a dialogue about the next reforms most needed to support jobs seekers.

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Friday, April 16th, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education 

This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

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Monday, April 19th 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Family Matters Series: The Impact of Parental Incarceration

This webinar will cover statistics surrounding mass incarceration, the importance of parent-child connections, and options for child visitation when a parent is incarcerated. In addition, it will review the process for requesting permission to visit a loved one in prison when you have a past felony conviction or pending criminal case.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

This session will teach you about a broad range of forms of criminal records relief such as sealing and expungement (including automatic expungement thanks to the state’s new adult use cannabis law), certificates of good conduct, healthcare worker waivers, and clemency. Voting protections and the US Census will also be covered.

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Monday, April 26, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Family Matters Series: Child Placement Options

This webinar will cover the different types of guardianship in Illinois, including short-term, court-ordered, and stand-by guardianship. We will discuss how to establish and discharge guardianships. We will review the paperwork necessary to bring a child to visit a parent in prison. We will learn about the rights of homeless children, including children whose parents are incarcerated. Finally, we will discuss how guardianship can be useful when a parent faces immigration or warrant issues.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Housing and Driver’s Licenses. 

This session will cover the numerous housing protections that people with arrest and conviction records have at every level of government – federal, state and local. You will also learn about the protections that exist for people seeking housing in the federally subsidized [public] housing market and in the private housing market. This session will also talk about new laws designed to help people retain their driver’s licenses even if they acquire fines and fees.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Employment, Occupational Licensing, and Education

This webinar will cover local, state and federal legal protections that exist for people with arrest and conviction records in their search for employment. It will also provide useful information that will help guide you through the occupational licensing application process in Illinois (more than 25% of all occupations now require an occupational license). And finally, this session will provide clarity about a person’s ability to access federal financial aid and higher education.

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Monday, May 3rd, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Family Matters Series: Domestic Relations

This webinar will cover topics like divorce, child custody, and visitation. For example, did you know that child custody is now called allocation of parental responsibilities in Illinois? We will examine how people who are incarcerated can file petitions and what options are available. We will also review how a criminal record can be used in cases for visitation or parenting time.

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Monday, May 10th, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Family Matters Series: The Child Welfare System

This final webinar will discuss the Department of Children and Family Services and the child welfare system. Participants will learn the timeline of child welfare cases and what various terms mean. We will also discuss how parents can appeal indicated reports. We will spend time discussing how parental rights can be terminated, particularly how criminal records can be used against parents in these cases. Finally, we will examine how criminal records impact the ability to foster children.

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