NJRC partners with The Eric H. Holder Initiative and Columbia University to provide “hands-on” internship opportunities

Governor McGreevey had the privilege of attending the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political rights panel titled American Voter Project: The Supreme Court Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. Focusing on the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh, panelists discussed the impact of this appointment and how it may effect the Court’s role in shaping law and public policy in this county.

NJRC is honored to have partnered with the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights and the Columbia University Center for Career Education to provide students the opportunity to explore the importance of reentry and how NJRC works to improve the lives of those within our communities.

Ms. Kaya Curtis CC’19 was sponsored by the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative. Kaya spent this past summer analyzing addiction treatment practices throughout the United States and utilized this research to develop an addiction treatment model for New Jersey. This model, which relies upon national “best practices,” provides for a clinically driven addiction treatment system that enshrines a “continuum of care” premised upon successful state templates. Kaya’s work was integrated into a larger report, The New Jersey Opioid Addiction Report: A Modern Plague, which examines systemic opioid addiction treatment challenges and sets forth structural and clinical recommendations for the State of New Jersey.

Ms. Myrna Reyes Santos CC’20 worked closely with our Latino outreach team to launch an Immigration Conference that brought together Immigrant Rights attorneys and experts to provide court involved persons within the immigrant community with legal resources. Please find an article from NJ.com recapping the impact of the event here.

Ms. Morgan Edmonds CC’20, who will be with us through the fall semester, is currently working closely with the NJRC team to construct a criminal justice package to introduce during the 2018-19 legislative calendar.

NJRC looks forward to continuing to work together with the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights and Columbia University Center for Career Education sponsored interns to expand and improve the scope of services available to previously incarcerated persons and their families in New Jersey and beyond.