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Helping Criminalized Women Reduce Vulnerability: Criminal Record Suspension Workshop for Community Workers
This 90-minute webinar for legal advocates, victim service workers and front-line service providers is presented by the Asian Women for Equality Society (AWCEP). The purpose of this session is to provide information on the Record Suspension application process with a focus on assisting clients with completing the Measurable Benefit/Sustained Rehabilitation Form to improve chances of success.

Participants will gain understanding of the application process and the barriers that women deal with as a result of criminal convictions for prostitution and other poverty related convictions; dual arrests in domestic violence; and drug possession. We will discuss how a record suspension can help marginalized women access more options in life.

The webinar presenters are Grace Balbutin and Randall Cohn.

Dec 9, 2020 09:30 AM in Vancouver

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Grace Balbutin
Legal Advocate @Asian Women for Equality Society
Grace Balbutin was a legal advocate for immigrant women in the former federal live-in caregiver program. She also has experiences working in crisis and help lines for women and seniors; and in a transition house. She coordinates AWCEP’s projects on Raising Awareness on Criminal Records: Supporting and Empowering Criminalized Women. These projects are funded by the Province of BC through the Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Crime Remediation Grant Program.
Randall Cohn
Lawyer @Edelmann & Co.
Randall Cohn is an associate at Edelmann & Co. in Vancouver, where his practice focuses on complex refugee claims, admissibility litigation, and removals defence. He is also a staff lawyer at the Migrant Workers’ Centre, with whom he provides legal advocacy to agricultural workers in the Okanagan Valley. He is licensed to practice in Canada and the United States, where he worked as a public defender and homeless outreach worker in Minneapolis, Minnesota.