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Join CSAJ’s Webinar Series on Credit

August 18, 2015

Credit Reporting and Intimate Partner Violence: Enhancing Access to Economic and Physical Safety for Survivors

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Part I: Credit Reporting & Repair for Survivors

Thursday, September 10th, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET

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Many survivors of intimate partner violence struggle with safety issues related to their credit. An abuser may have sabotaged a survivor’s credit, a survivor’s credit report might contain erroneous information, or a survivor may have no credit history at all. To address their credit, a survivor may need someone to assist them in deciphering their report while engaged in long-term safety planning, or they may need someone to advocate for them with creditors and credit bureaus as they seek to optimize their credit. In today’s society, a credit report and its accompanying score are used to obtain everything from an apartment to a cell phone to auto insurance to employment—access to these resources has clear safety implications for survivors. A recent settlement with the “big three” credit bureaus promises to provide new protections for consumers, including survivors.

This webinar will assist advocates and attorneys in:

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Part II: Credit Checks: An Illegitimate Barrier to Employment

Thursday, October 8th, 1:30 – 3:00pm

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Employers commonly use credit checks during the application and hiring process as a mechanism to weed out “risky” employees. However, recent research shows that credit checks do not actually benefit or protect employers. But the practice does negatively impact employment opportunities for many job seekers, including survivors. Survivors of intimate partner violence often experience coerced debt and damaged credit at the hands of an abuser. Employment credit checks may inadvertently discriminate against a survivor applicant who has bad credit as a result of her abusive partner, which acts as a form of re-victimization. Such discriminatory actions compound survivors’ economic insecurity, exposing them to increased risk of poverty and future abuse.

Individual advocacy to repair credit and support survivors’ job seeking efforts is important, but corporate practice and public policy changes are also needed to eliminate credit checks as a barrier to employment. This webinar is for advocates and program leaders interested in enhancing both individual advocacy and systems change strategies to support survivors’ equal access to employment.

Attendees should walk away from the webinar being able to:

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