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Joy Moses is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Poverty and Prosperity program at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she was a children and youth staff attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. The majority of her practice focused on the education rights of homeless students.
She began her career as an Equal Justice Works fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund where she worked on policy and litigation activities related to high stakes testing, school desegregation, and access to the courts for civil rights plaintiffs. These efforts led Joy to become a co-editor and chapter author for a book entitled Awakening From the Dream: Civil Rights Under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice as well as steering committee member for the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. She has also served as a president of the Washington Council of Lawyers, an organization promoting pro bono and public interest advocacy as a means of ensuring equal justice for low income residents of the District of Columbia.
Joy received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Stanford University.She can be reached via email at: email@example.com
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By Joy Moses:
Who Gets What
Gross misperceptions about who receives public benefits and for what purposes are leading the nation toward debates that distract from the real problems facing middle-class and low-income Americans. Most public benefits spending is for participants, largely senior citizens, who have paid for the services via a lifetime of work. This is far different from the picture painted by many conservatives of public benefits being for lazy poor people who do not want to work. These misperceptions put all public benefits programs at risk, including those that reach the middle class. They also derail benefits programs that specifically target people living in poverty and help them to join the middle class.
The facts about public benefits detailed in this issue brief help shape the real debate Americans should be engaged in—how to fund and shape public benefits programs that largely serve the middle class and those living in poverty for the long haul.