A2J KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WEBINARS – April 2022

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.

Safer Foundation’s Access to Justice (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. In addition, the Family Matters series of webinars covers some of the basics of family law, particularly focusing on how family law intersects with the criminal legal system.

Register for our April, 2022 Webinars Below:

Monday, April 4 12:00 PM – 01:00 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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Tuesday, April 5 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM – Employment, Occupational Licensing and Education

This webinar will cover the 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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Thursday, April 7 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM -Family Matters: 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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Monday, April 11 12:00 PM – 01:00 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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Tuesday, April 12 12:00 PM – 01:00 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 14 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM – Family Matters: Child Welfare System

This 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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Monday April 18 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM – Employment, Occupational Licensing and Education

This webinar will cover the 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.

To Register, Click Here

Tuesday, April 19 12:00 PM – 01:00 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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Thursday, April 21 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM – Family Matters: 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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Monday, April 25 12:00 PM – 01:00 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.

To Register, Click Here

Tuesday, April 26 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM – Employment, Occupational Licensing and Education

This webinar will cover the 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.

To Register, Click Here

Thursday, April 28 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM – Family Matters: 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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