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National Hire Network

225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

(212) 243-1313


Established by the Legal Action Center in 2001, the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment (H.I.R.E.) Network is both a national clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change. The National H.I.R.E. Network monitors and provides leadership on key public policy initiatives to promote the employment of people with criminal records.

The goal of the National H.I.R.E. Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion.

We offer a range of assistance to individuals with criminal records, direct service providers, policymakers, and others who are concerned about changing employment policies and practices that limit employment opportunities for people with criminal histories.

In particular, we provide:
+ Model legislation and briefing papers to support specific policy priorities that improve labor market outcomes for people with criminal records, including anti-discrimination, certificates of rehabilitation, or occupational licensing and employment standards.
+ Smart solutions to employers to help them access qualified workers, protect themselves from negligent hiring concerns, and maximize cost-savings. We provide peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and innovative practices that can be utilized in your community or state.
+ Advice about barriers to employment, including state laws that affect individuals with criminal records and effective strategies to address them.
+ Information about research efforts that is relevant to workforce development and criminal justice initiatives.
+ Information and advocacy on federal legislation that directly impact harder to employ populations, including people with criminal records.
+ Because we have limited resources, we try to direct our efforts where we can affect the most far-reaching positive outcomes.


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