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Eric Eingold

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Eric Eingold

Eric Eingold

Name of Host Organization: Youth Represent
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
Sponsors: ALM

The Project

Utilize the newly enacted Fair Chance Act to combat employment discrimination against youth in New York City, educate businesses and youth of the Act’s impact, and monitor the Act’s implementation.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
In New York, criminal convictions stay on a person’s record for life, including 16 and 17-year-olds who are automatically charged as adults. By combatting employment discrimination against people with criminal records, the Project will help young people overcome the consequences of growing up in over-policed communities and obtain lives of dignity and purpose that accompany meaningful employment.
The Right Person For This Project

Eric is the right person for the project because:
• Eric previously interned and worked with his host organization, Youth Represent, on a bridge fellowship after law school, with a focus on criminal record-based employment discrimination
• Eric has over a decade’s worth of experience working on the frontlines for racial and economic justice
• Eric enrolled in law school to fight the collateral consequences of mass incarceration

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Eric will: • Publicize the project and study the Fair Chance Act’s impact since implementation • Educate 30 youth who have criminal records about the Fair Chance Act, monitor their progress, and identify issues. Eric will help them prepare to discuss their records at job interviews.
• Facilitate 4 staff trainings for workforce development programs who work with young people about the Fair Chance Act
• Develop educational materials to educate job applicants and business owners of their rights
• Begin pursuing litigation on behalf of clients to enforce their rights under the Fair Chance Act