Emily Hoffman

The Project

Emily Hoffman fights to remove barriers to employment faced by people with criminal records. Her fellowship project involves serving clients in the Osborne Association’s successful workforce readiness programs by obtaining and explaining their criminal records, helping them earn certificates to demonstrate rehabilitation, and representing them if denied a job or an occupational license.

More than six million New Yorkers have a criminal record, and they face significant and growing barriers to employment. These barriers fall hardest on African-Americans and Latinos. Once a person has a criminal record, economic prospects decrease by half. This problem is exacerbated when job applicants understand neither their criminal record nor their rights.