Dafna Gozani

  • Hosted by Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition
  • Service location Denver
  • Law school Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Criminal Justice Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

This project focuses on providing legal assistance to persons with a legal barrier to employment due to their juvenile histories by focusing on expunging juvenile records and removing individuals from the sex offender registry when they are required to register due to juvenile adjudications. The fellow will provide direct representation to clients and will assist in the creation of both practice standards for expungement and deregistration cases and indigency guidelines; participating in community education and direct pro bono assistance; and supervising interns, students, and pro bono attorneys.

The Inspiration

Why is this Project Important

There are no automatic expungement provisions in Colorado; all reports remain on a youth’s record for life unless a youth or former youth affirmatively petitions for expungement. Likewise, there are no automatic provisions for removal from the registry. These markers are for life unless an individual takes affirmative steps to petition the court for expungement and de-registration. There is a way out for thousands of youth to improve their economic outlook but it is largely inaccessible and expensive.

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