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Caitlin Deck

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Caitlin Deck

Caitlin Deck

Name of Host Organization: Watsonville Law Center
City, State: Watsonville, California
Issue area: Employment
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, OneJustice

The Project

This project aims to remove barriers to employment by providing assistance with criminal record change.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
This project provides legal assistance for low income individuals who are already facing challenges to obtaining work to remove some of the obstacles that stand in their way. We provide information on the employment process, which includes background and credit checks, and the kind of information a prospective employer can obtain about an applicant. In addition to providing record change assistance and advice, we provide help with driver's license reinstatement and professional licenses.
The Right Person For This Project
Caitlin is the right person for the project because:
• She is well aware of the incredible challenges facing low income workers in an area where the cost of living is high
• She is enthusiastic about hearing the stories of transformation that clients share with her
• She aspires to communicate those stories to our legal system and to advocate for responsible improvements in the existing system