ArchCity Defenders (St. Louis)

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving St. Louis with legal counsel to the homeless and the poor, clients unserved or underserved by other organizations.
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Primary geographic focus: Missouri
Organization type(s): Provider

ArchCity Defenders is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing the best possible legal counsel to the homeless and the poor facing prosecution. We also provide civil representation and social service coordination. Our clients—the homeless and otherwise forgotten poor—do not qualify for the services of other organizations, are under-served by the public defender systems, and are unable to afford private counsel. Through a dedicated staff of attorneys teamed with social service providers and other members of the community, ArchCity aims not only to resolve any immediate legal issues our clients face, but also to maintain a working relationship with each client and help them transition into a full and rewarding lawful life in their community.


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Report: Racial Motivations in St. Louis County Traffic Practices

Victoria Bekiempis
August 14, 2015
A new report shows that racial profiling in traffic stops goes beyond Ferguson. In fact, rates are higher in other Missouri municipalities. A consolidated court system would be a great solution argues ArchCity Defenders.

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St. Louis County police arrest blacks without warrants, lawsuit alleges

Jacob Kirn
St. Louis Business Journal
February 25, 2016
A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis says that St. Louis County police arrest residents without warrants, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Suit takes aim at ‘debtors’ prisons’ in St. Louis County cities

Jason Rosenbaum, Liz Schlemmer
St. Louis Public Radio
August 10, 2016
The suit accuses these municipalities of “terrorizing” plaintiffs and “many hundreds of others through a deliberate and coordinated scheme established and implemented to fill the municipalities’ coffers by extorting money.

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Debtors Prison: Life Inside America’s For-Profit Justice System

August 16, 2016
Imprisoning people for being poor has technically been illegal in this country for two hundred years, but it is still a reality.

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Lawyers Have A Role To Play In Decriminalizing Poverty

WESA (Pittsburgh)
September 5, 2017
It was a wake-up call for the nation, and one organization had already been in place working on these issues for five years.

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ArchCity Defenders makes guide to help people maneuver legal system

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson
St. Louis Public Radio
April 22, 2018
A non-profit civil rights law firm wants to help people help themselves when they’re in legal trouble.

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Injustice in Ferguson, Long Before Michael Brown

Peter Coy
Bloomberg Businessweek
August 21, 2014
The Ferguson justice system's discriminatory practices were prevalent long before the Michael Brown shooting.

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