Johanna Zacarias

  • Hosted by Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
  • Service location Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Issue area Criminal Records Relief, Employment
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Johanna Zacarias removed barriers to employment through direct representation and through community networking and community legal education. This project addressed the employment needs of low-income individuals in northeastern New Jersey. Specifically, it addressed the need of those with a criminal record to have that record expunged in order to improve their employment opportunities and attain a higher standard of living.

Fellowship Highlights

During Johanna’s Fellowship, Johanna:

  • Filed dozens of expungement petitions to help clients remove the stigma of a criminal record.
  • Empowered communities to exercise their rights and ensure their past mistakes don’t define their future opportunities.
  • Assisted clients in identifying and removing barriers to successfully obtaining employment.

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