By CSG Justice Center Staff
New York Nonprofit (NYN) Media recently recognized Stephanie Akhter (left), the CSG Justice Center’s Reentry and Employment Program director, as one of 30 Front-Line Heroes chosen from a pool of 250 nominees.
Every year NYN Media uses its Front Line Hero awards to honor people who directly serve others in need through their work at nonprofit organizations. Akhter, who has been with the CSG Justice Center since 2014, works to unite business leaders, policymakers, and practitioners from the corrections and workforce development fields with the goal of improving reentry and employment outcomes for people with criminal histories.
She also works on the development of the Clean Slate Clearinghouse (CSC)—a project of the CSG Justice Center, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, the National Juvenile Defender Center, the National Association of Counties, and the National League of Cities. Set to launch in August 2017, the CSC will help support criminal record clearance around the country by providing people with criminal records and non-legal service providers with information on record clearance and mitigation, as well as contact information for legal service providers. The project will also provide policymakers and legal service providers with information on the current policies governing record clearance in each state.