Center for Employment Opportunities Partners with Indeed to Increase Economic Mobility for Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers



CEO: Bari Samad | [email protected] | (619) 343-6509
Indeed: Carrie Engel | [email protected] | 412-951-7517

Partnership Will Provide Critical Resources and Market Insights to Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers, Fair Chance Employers, and Reentry Community

New York, NY – November 18, 2022 – The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive employment services to people returning from jail or prison, has teamed up with Indeed, the #1 job site in the world, to expand access to career pathways for people returning home from incarceration.

CEO and Indeed’s collaboration, entering its second phase in November 2022, will test and improve Indeed’s new search filter designed to help justice-impacted job seekers find jobs that are open to them. The partnership will also inform Indeed’s internal hiring practices and support to fair chance employers across the U.S., as well as create resources for reentry workforce organizations.

This partnership contributes to CEO’s mission to help formerly incarcerated job seekers access good jobs and careers through advanced training and partnerships and to Indeed’s goal of helping 30 million job seekers facing barriers get hired by 2030.

This work builds on a collaboration between CEO and Indeed over the last six months to study the experience of justice-impacted job seekers on Indeed, which helped to shape Indeed’s first resource hub for justice-impacted job seekers and fair chance employers. Indeed also provided critical employment-related resources to CEO participants, including 190 computer devices and mobile hotspots from PCs for People and $60,000 worth of Lyft rides to job training programs, interviews and the first two weeks of a new job.

“We are thrilled about the progress so far with this Indeed partnership, and what’s possible as we continue our work to help people returning to their communities build career capital and financial stability,” said Dr. Genevieve Rimer, Director of Inclusive Hiring at CEO. “We believe that everyone, regardless of their past, deserves a chance to work toward a stronger future for themselves, their families and their communities. This partnership helps us make critical connections between job seekers and careers that provide economic stability and mobility.”

“The Center for Employment Opportunities has been a critical partner in working toward our goal of helping 30 million job seekers facing barriers get hired by 2030,” said Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, Senior Director, Social Impact Programs & Partnerships at Indeed. “We know many people returning home from incarceration have skills and talents to contribute, but are too often not hired simply because of their record. We are deeply committed to breaking down barriers for justice-impacted job seekers and are excited to continue to work with CEO as we do that.”

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About Center for Employment Opportunities

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to people recently released from incarceration. CEO currently operates in over 30 cities and is dedicated to ensuring that justice-impacted job seekers have opportunities to achieve social and economic mobility. For more information please visit:

About Indeed

More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs in more than 60 countries and 28 languages. Over 3 million employers use Indeed to find and hire new employees. More than 300 million1 users each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed, and Indeed delivers 2.5X more hires than other branded job sites combined (Among BreezyHR clients, Sources of Hire Report 2021, U.S.). For more information, visit

1 Internal Data, avg. monthly unique visitors Apr. – Sept. 2022