November Know Your Rights Webinar Calendar

Our webinar series for November, 2022 covers the following topics:

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief (i.e. Sealing and Expungement). 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Impact of Parental Incarceration. This session 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. And this session 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.

 

Child Placement Options. This session 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. This session will also 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.

 

The Child Welfare System. This session 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.

 

Register for our Upcoming November Webinars Below:

 

Thursday, November 10, 2022 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Employment, Occupational Licenses and Education

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Thursday, November 10, 2022 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

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Friday, November 11, 2022 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

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Friday, November 11, 2022 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Housing and Driver’s Licenses

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Friday, November 11, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Employment, Occupational Licenses and Education

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Saturday, November 12, 2022 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Civic Engagement and Criminal Records Relief

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Housing and Driver’s Licenses

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Employment, Occupational Licenses and Education

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Brought to You by the Illinois Access to Justice Program

The goal of the Access to Justice Program is to alleviate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation by expanding effective and holistic community-based legal services, providing opportunities for authentic local leadership and sharing best practices between partner organizations.