The civil consequences of having a criminal record can be severe, and many advocates help their clients get those records cleared to remove barriers to housing and employment. But if the client is a noncitizen, advocates should pause before proceeding with record clearing. In this month's Advocacy Exchange, we talked with Seth Lyons of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia about the relative risks and rewards of criminal record clearing for clients with various immigration statuses. Watch now.
For more, be sure to read Seth's new Clearinghouse article, Risks and Rewards: Is Record Clearing Right for Your Noncitizen Client?