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Rachel Johnson-Farias

2012, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Rachel Johnson-Farias

Rachel Johnson-Farias

Name of Host Organization: East Bay Community Law Center
City, State: Berkeley, California
Issue area: Children/Youth, Criminal Law
Sponsors: The Morrison & Foerster Foundation

The Project

Through her comprehensive, holistic re-entry legal services and policy work, Rachel’s Starting Over Strong project addressed the collateral consequences confronting youth with criminal records.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The collateral consequences of a juvenile criminal record are myriad, including barriers to employment, housing, and education. Low-income African-American and Latino youths are disproportionately represented at all levels of Alameda County’s juvenile system. More than 90 percent of the youths housed in the county’s detention center are African-American (61 percent) and Latino (33 percent). These young people often lack needed legal information and resources about re-entry, including record sealing, rights regarding employment and licensing discrimination, and consumer protections related to criminal record reporting. Research shows that recidivism decreases when youths with records are afforded educational and employment opportunities upon re-entry.

Biography

Hometown:

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Law school: