March 13, 2018: The Legal Action Center applauds our very own Roberta “Toni” Meyers, Director of the National H.I.R.E. Network, on being highlighted by Strong Nonprofits For A Better New York in their Women In Human Services Hall of Fame in Albany!
Strong Nonprofits For A Better New York developed this honor to highlight the critical contributions made by women working in the human services field. As an honoree, Toni will be featured in a poster placed in the breezeway between the Capital and Legislative Office Building in Albany, helping legislators understand the great work being done by her and others in the human services workforce.
Toni is incredibly touched to be included. “I think it is a beautiful thing to get recognition from a field that I believe is one of the most important fields of work for humanity. I think it is a field where people have an opportunity to express their love and respect to a perfect stranger in need. Working at the Legal Action Center exposed me to many people who were in need of assistance in their lives, particularly people with substance use and/or mental health disorders and those who have had contact with the criminal justice system. Sometimes, people came to us unclear about what they needed. Learning to listen and respond to their needs, especially at a time when they may feel no one cares, is one of the greatest gifts of the human services field.”
Paul N. Samuels, President/Director of the Legal Action Center says “We cannot imagine a more deserving recipient of this honor than Toni. She has dedicated her life’s work to helping people access the opportunities they need to succeed, and to breaking down the systematic barriers that stand in the way of civil and human rights.”
For more than a decade, Toni has served as the Director of the Legal Action Center’s National H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment) Network. Working directly with policy makers and advocates to reform policies and practices that limit employment opportunities for people with criminal histories, her role is critical in helping some of the most vulnerable of our fellow Americans. She has presented at dozens of national, regional, and local criminal justice and workforce development conferences and has testified multiple times before Congress and state legislators. Her work is crucial to dismantling the discriminatory barriers that systematically deny countless Americans with criminal records the opportunities they need to rebuild their lives with dignity.