North Carolina Justice Center Support

In its mission to end poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household has access to the resources, services, and fair treatment necessary to achieve economic security, the North Carolina Justice Center has long recognized the destructive impact of the collateral consequences of criminal convictions in the lives of low- and moderate-income North Carolinians.

In response to this crisis of collateral consequences, the North Carolina Justice Center advocates for a limit on the amount and reach of collateral consequences in the civil code, grows community awareness, and litigates on behalf of individuals currently suffering the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Specifically, the Collateral Consequences Project works to improve the lives of those individuals, families, and communities suffering the collateral consequences of criminal convictions through five main strategies:

  • Litigation of occupational licensing denials, Title VII employment discrimination claims, Certificate of Relief Petitions, and cases that will have widespread impact on public policy and protections
  • Analysis of current public policies and research on alternatives
  • Advocacy for policy changes that will benefit the individuals, families, and communities suffering collateral consequences
  • Community Education that empowers individuals and groups to pursue change
  • Communication that influences state leaders and shapes public opinion

As part of its campaign to limit the destructive toll of collateral consequences, the Justice Center is proud to serve as host of the Second Chance Alliance. We provide to the Alliance technical assistance, institutional familiarity, and resource networks in order to uplift the collective voice of our Alliance to decision makers and communities across North Carolina.

The following NC Justice Center staff members work within and on behalf of the Second Chance Alliance.

Daniel Bowes
Staff Attorney, Equal Justice Works Fellow; 919-861-2061

Daniel joined the Justice Center as a Staff Attorney in 2011. He advocates and litigates on behalf of individuals and communities suffering the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. His fellowship is sponsored by American Legal Media. Before coming to the Justice Center, Daniel served as an Autry Fellow at MDC, Inc., and authored the City of Durham’s Root Causes of Crime in Durham Study. He is a former recipient of Durham’s Sam Reed Human Rights Advocacy Award. Daniel was a Cooper Scholar at Duke University and a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar at the New York University School of Law.

Ajamu Dillahunt
Community Outreach Coordinator; (919) 856-3194

Ajamu Dillahunt joined the Justice Center in April of 2004 as the Outreach Coordinator for the Budget and Tax Center. He is currently the Outreach Coordinator for Consumer, Housing and Workforce Issues. As a community educator he utilizes popular education as a way of creating democratic participation in the process of learning and planning for action to change conditions. Ajamu has been a tireless advocate for working families in North Carolina for over thirty years. Prior to coming to the Justice Center he served as President of the Raleigh Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). He was Director of Research and Education for the North Carolina Council of the APWU during that period. Ajamu was a Labor Educator and Arbitration Advocate as well. He has done community organizing and training in various communities in N.C. and was a founding member of the Black Workers for Justice. He has a Masters Degree in African Studies and maintains an active interest in the African Diaspora, particularly in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Bill Rowe
Director of Advocacy; (919) 856-2177

Rowe came to the Justice Center’s predecessor organization, the N.C. Legal Services Resource Center in 1991 and has been with the Justice Center since its inception in 1996. He served as executive director of the Justice Center from 2001 to 2004. Bill is a committed anti-poverty advocate with more than two decades' experience that spans the breadth of the organization's four strategic areas of expertise: litigation, community education, research and direct legislative advocacy. He has served as counsel in class action lawsuits concerning consumer rights, public benefits, and housing law. In addition, Rowe has represented members of the state's low-income communities before the legislature and state agencies on issues related to housing, employment, judicial procedures, reentry, and environmental justice.