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Brettney Moore

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Brettney Moore

Brettney Moore

Name of Host Organization: Beacon Law
City, State: Houston, Texas
Issue area: Criminal Law
Sponsors: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

This project is for people who are on probation, a diversion program, or recently released prisoners who need to re-integrate and become stable if not productive members of society by assisting them with obtaining the treatment and resources necessary to maintain a living that keeps them healthy, in a home, working, and out of jail.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Currently low income detainees facing criminal justice detention are provided criminal representation for their current case but have no legal support services to support their successful reentry through ID restoration, clearance of other criminal history, advocacy for reinstatement of public benefits, and reentry education. Provision of these services would smooth the reentry process and facilitate access to employment, housing, healthcare and reduction of recidivism.
The Right Person For This Project
Brettney is the right person for the project because:
• She has shown a commitment to Pro Bono work and acquired the skills necessary to make this project a success. That along with her personal attachment to this project make her a passionate and dedicated fellow.
• Brettney has also worked at South Texas’ Randall Sorrells Clinic in Assylum and Human Trafficking. There she worked with and attended court for adults seeking asylum and Unaccompanied Minors.
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Brettney will: • Conduct meetings with Reentry Division staff and case managers, community partners and other invested parties to establish goals, expectations and needs for successful collaboration.
• Begin training under the supervision of host site on relevant practice areas.
• Begin conducting needs assessment interviews with current reentry program participants and building case load for direct representation.
• Begin development of Know Your Rights training for program participants.