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Jessica Jowrey

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Jessica Jowrey

Jessica Jowrey

Name of Host Organization: Legal Assistance of Western New York
City, State: Rochester, New York
Issue area: Employment
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Legal Assistance of Western New York

The Project

Help individuals, particularly those who are low income, remove barriers to employment. These barriers often include discrimination due to criminal records, race, sex, and sexual orientation.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Many people with criminal records do not realize they have employment rights. This project addresses the large need for people with criminal records to become employed and build a stable life for themselves and their children. Often people are discouraged in their job search because they have a criminal record. I help people overcome that barrier.
The Right Person For This Project
Jessica is the right person for the project because:
• She comes from a low income single parent household and knows the importance of people needing to provide for themselves and their children
• She knows that a lot of people are unable to get a legitimate job once they have a criminal record and that often leads them back to the criminal justice system
• She wants to help people with criminal records obtain employment