Kimberly Westcott is Associate Counsel in CSS’s Legal Department and a graduate of Yale University (B.A., History) and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, whose work includes removing barriers to employment for persons with conviction histories. A former labor and employment attorney with the New York City Transit Authority’s (NYCTA) Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Westcott practiced labor law and general litigation with two law firms prior to her tenure with NYCTA. Ms. Westcott also has a substantive background in social work and social welfare policy, receiving her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW) in 2003, and a PhD in Social Welfare Policy from Columbia in 2011. Her dissertation entitled, “Fictive Citizenship: A Genealogy of the Social Construction of the Black Male and the Penal Process in the U.S., 1790-1930” underscores her interest in examining the process of criminalization and in promoting inclusion for marginalized groups and communities of color by advancing full civic, economic, and social participation in accordance with human rights principles. Ms. Westcott serves on the Development Team for the Hope Lives for Lifers “Sentence Planning Course,” a project of the American Friends Service Committee that was conceived by Larry White.