PUBLISHED APRIL 2016
For immigrants and the formerly incarcerated, the very act of living is often presumed criminal. Unable to share their stories openly for fear of being “discovered,” these individuals constantly confront the burdens of exclusion. Immigration law and criminal law have trapped millions of individuals in a space marked by an inflexible and "lesser" status that prohibits the members of these groups from engaging in civic life or sharing in the rights and benefits generally made available through public and private sources. This resource guide is a menu of inclusive policies and practices undergirded by personal perspectives from those most affected.