Host: Public Counsel
Tracie will represent, engage, and advocate for young women of color in Philadelphia who have criminal records to increase their access to meaningful employment opportunities and fight intergenerational poverty.
Young women of color with criminal records face enormous barriers to gaining employment in fields such as childcare, health care, and cosmetology due to their criminal records. Supports and services that connect individuals with criminal records to job opportunities are maleoriented and often limit career options to positions in areas like warehousing and truck-driving. Legal services such as expungements, challenging overbroad laws that serve as lifetime bans from employment, and appealing licensing denials will help these ambitious young women fight intergenerational poverty and change the trajectory of their lives. Collaborating with community partners will help meet the intersecting needs of women who have come into contact with the criminal justice systems due to histories of trauma, extreme poverty, mental health issues, and substance abuse.
Tracie is the right person for the project because:
In the first six months, Tracie will: