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Rebecca Eisenbrey

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Rebecca Eisenbrey

Rebecca Eisenbrey

Name of Host Organization: Equal Justice Center
City, State: Austin, Texas
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
Sponsors: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

Protect the civil rights and jobs of low-income Texans striving to overcome criminal records, using direct advocacy and enforcement of federal, state, and local civil rights laws and employment laws.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Affected low-income working Texans desperately need specialized legal advocates to help them enforce federal civil rights and employment laws, implement Austin’s Fair Chance Hiring ordinance, advocate for similar ordinances in other cities, and secure fair consideration even where no specific ordinance is in place.
The Right Person For This Project

Rebecca is the right person for the project because:
• She has experience counseling clients on employment issues and representing them in disputes with former and current employers
• She has a background in with labor and employment policy, having worked for two years in the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
• She has an established network in the reentry field

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Rebecca will:
• Begin direct client representation on a controlled caseload
• Start collaboration with professional Fair Chance organizations, advocates, and government officials
• Begin legal rights outreach and community education by collaborating with community groups and utilizing public media that reach into the client community