Vinuta Naik

  • Hosted by East Bay Community Law Center
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, East Bay Community Law Center
  • Service location Berkeley, California
  • Issue area Criminal Records Relief, Employment
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Vinuta assisted individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system to eliminate problems that individuals face when trying to navigate out of the system. Vinuta helps these individuals clean their criminal history records in order to overcome barriers to finding stable employment and housing.

After exiting the criminal justice system, individuals are stigmatized and discriminated against on the basis on their criminal history in a post 9/11 society. Individuals struggle to find employment and housing which are key to achieving a stable lifestyle and preventing recidivism. By obtaining employment and housing, individuals are placed on a path to success and rehabilitation.

Fellowship Highlights

During Vinuta’s Fellowship, Vinuta:

  • Provided direct legal representation and assistance to individuals seeking criminal record remedies.
  • Advocated on behalf of clients seeking employment and licensing remedies.
  • Developed a network of volunteers and organizations that can assist and provide resources to individuals.

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