Marie Claire Tran-Leung leads the Shriver Center’s Legal Impact Network (LIN), a dynamic collaborative of advocacy organizations from across the country working with communities to end poverty and achieve racial justice at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to becoming the LIN Director, she led the Shriver Center’s policy portfolio to improve housing opportunities for people with arrest and conviction records. As part of this work, she created the Shriver Center’s Partnership for Just Housing (PJH), a multi-state collaborative of advocates working to reduce the discriminatory impact of the criminal legal system on housing access. Through PJH, she has successfully partnered with advocates across the country using a variety of advocacy tools, such as litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and public education campaigns. A former Soros Justice Fellow, she authored When Discretion Means Denial: A National Perspective on Criminal Records in Federally Subsidized Housing, a seminal report that helped galvanize advocacy around these issues in other states and the federal government. She is also a 2016 alumna of the Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Institute. She is a proud alumna of Northwestern University and Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, where she was named a Public Interest Scholar.
People with records, like everyone else, deserve a place to call home.
The Trump Administration’s cuts to affordable housing just won’t work for people in poverty.
Access to safe, fair, affordable housing is key to reentry.
Crime free rental housing and nuisance property ordinances often have very costly consequences for tenant families, landlords, and the whole community