A2J Know Your Rights Webinars – January

January Access to Justice Calendar

Access to Justice Program (A2J) Description: 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.

Monday, January  18, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 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 on this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3DNnOABPRT6SxXrlDJPeRQ

Friday, January 22, 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.

To register click on this link:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kBH8ZDtNTYuqYExv_8Hgeg

Monday, January 25, 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.

To register click here

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 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

Friday, January 29, 2021 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 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.

To register click Here

Education Justice Project 2020 Reentry Guides

The EJP Reentry Guide Initiative produces three guides for people leaving prison and for family members, friends and service providers who support them.

To download reentry guides for free: Educationjustice.net/home/reentry-guides

To request reentry guides: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1631272