GJP Welcomes 2 New Staff Members

GJP is excited to welcome 2 new staff members!

Hsindy joins GJP as a Staff Attorney, with a focus on criminal records and reducing legal barriers to reentry. Hsindy will also coordinate GJP’s work with the Metro Reentry Facility (MRF), an innovative new prison that opened in Atlanta this spring, which houses 350 men who will be returning to the Atlanta area when they are released and who are committed to participating in intensive reentry programming prior to their release.
GJP is working with the Metro Reentry Facility and a collaboration of agencies to provide a continuum of services for the returning citizens to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. Part of GJP’s role will be to meet with returning citizens and access their legal needs, which may include: driver’s license suspension issues, child support, criminal records issues, and pending warrants in other jurisdictions. GJP’s goal is to remove any legal barriers that would get in the way of successful reentry.
Ross joins us as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP and FordHarrison. Ross will represent low-income people in child support proceedings, and advocate for child support reform, in order to end the cycle of incarceration, impoverishment, and forced separation of families.
Federal law requires courts to determine ability to pay before setting child support orders and issuing consequences for failure to pay, but Georgia frequently demands payments that people cannot afford and then harshly punishes them for not paying. By suspending driver’s licenses, garnishing wages, jailing parents for inability to pay, and continuing to demand payments during and following incarceration, the system unjustly separates children from their parents and solidifies poverty for the next generation.

Ross is the right person for the project because:

  • As a former teacher, he has worked to support children and families struggling against poverty
  • He has represented clients and advocated for policy reform at the intersection of child rights and the criminal justice system
  • He believes that social justice depends on community strength and is committed to supporting family and community groups in their fight for equality

In the first six months, Ross will:

  • Develop expertise in child support law and form partnerships with local family organizations and criminal justice reformers
  • Collect data on child support issues confronting parents who were formerly incarcerated or are at risk of incarceration
  • Represent low-income parents seeking support modifications and facing penalties for inability to pay