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National Re-Entry Week “Employer Information Summit” Planned for Thursday

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Federal agencies co-host event with business leaders on hiring returning citizens

BOSTON – On Thursday, April 28, 2016, several federal agencies in Boston will co-host an “Employer Information Summit” as part of the Justice Department’s National Reentry Week. 

Members of the business community are invited to attend.  The Summit is also open to the media.

“The Department of Justice plays a critical role in reducing recidivism,” said United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.  “We need to prepare individuals who have served prison sentences to reenter their communities and the workforce so that they can contribute in positive ways.  Supporting successful reentry efforts is a critical means of breaking the cycle of recidivism and is an important step in improving our criminal justice system.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Probation Department, U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration and the Federal Bureau of Prisons will meet with local business leaders about issues surrounding employment for citizens returning from incarceration.  The Summit will take place at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Room 900-B, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Business leaders and policymakers are invited to attend to learn about vocational training provided to inmates while in federal custody and how such training can provide returning citizens with valuable experience and specific job skills.  Representatives from U.S. Probation will discuss resources that assist returning citizens in securing employment, and the Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration will discuss grant programs that provide job training and placement, tax benefits of hiring returning citizens and the Federal Bonding Program.  More details about the Federal Bonding Program can be found at

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from local businesses that currently employ returning citizens and learn about the advantages, as well as how to successfully overcome challenges with respect to hiring.

Opening remarks will be provided by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Probation Chief Christopher Maloney and Regional Administrator Holly O’Brien of the Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration.  Perspectives from the federal bench will also be offered by U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley.

The Summit is being held in connection with National Reentry Week, which aims to amplify the importance of sustainable employment as a factor in the successful reintegration of individuals returning to the community following incarceration.  For more information, please read Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s editorial, National Reentry Week: An Essential Part of Our Mission.

For further information or to register to attend this event, please contact Kasim Adamson at U.S. Probation at or Martha Wyatt at the U.S. Attorney’s Office at

Updated April 26, 2016

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