Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound everyday?

Firstly, people deserve to have second chances, and as the saying goes, 'we cannot judge a book by its cover’. People should have equal access to opportunities in order to become successful. Even though there are systemic obstacles that hinders those with criminal records, one should not give up in seeing the good in people. I believe in the power of hope, justice and equity. Also, having open doors, an open mind and a chance at life is crucial in order to succeed. Despite our criminal justice system, there are alternatives in overcoming the legal barriers that people face when coming into the reentry process. To be a part of this team, it truly humbles me to know that we’re making the difference in people’s lives by being the first resource they turn to. 

Jeffrey Barrios

Admin & Operations assistant

Coming from a family of immigrants, I was fortunate to have my parents who came from Guatemala to gain a better and stable life. Even as a first-year generation student, I valued the education that I received and took it to heart given that many are not able to have opportunities. Through this, I was inspired to work hard and get my hands ready for when the time is needed. 

Originally from Lancaster, CA, where I’m only an hour away from the greater Los Angeles Area. I grew interest in going to college which began my journey up to Northern California. I graduated from the University of California, Davis in June of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and society. During the time spent at Davis, I came to intern and commuted to Oakland in the of Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 and assisted in the Development team at Root & Rebound. From the experience gained, I was immediately motivated to work with those who are impacted by our criminal justice system and to advocate policy reform to ensure that people get their second chance at life. 

In my spare time, I like to self teach myself different projects and practice more of my Spanish and enjoy going to Bible studies. Also, love spending time with family and friends or whoever is trying to relax and have deep meaningful conversations.

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