Bronx Defenders


Provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx.
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Primary geographic focus: New York
Organization type(s): Provider

Begun in 1997, the Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. Today, our staff of over 250 represents 35,000 individuals each year and reaches hundreds more through outreach programs and community legal education. In the Bronx and beyond, The Bronx Defenders promotes justice in low-income communities by keeping families together.

We look beyond individual cases and use community education, leadership development, impact litigation, and legislative reform to challenge entrenched problems that drive individuals into the justice system. We operate on multiple levels: as a provider of Holistic Defense working one-on-one with clients and families; as a community resource; and as a force for systemic change advocating with policymakers. We seek partnerships with community-based providers and leverage their expertise to ensure that our clients’ expressed needs are addressed. We also rely upon our deep connections to community members to alert us to emerging trends that directly impact our clients’ well-being.



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News Story

New York City foster care: stories from children and parents the system failed

Daniel Medina
Guardian
July 1, 2015
A watchdog report reveals the Administration of Children’s Services has abused its power in family courts, wrongly taken children into custody and inadequately assisted those it claims to help.

Column

Locked Up for Seeking Asylum

Elizabeth Rubin
New York Times (NYT)
April 2, 2016
International law holds that asylum seekers should be detained only in unusual circumstances. Yet our detention centers are filling up with people like Samey.

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What Can You Do When the Cops Take Your Money and Won’t Give It Back?

Jake Offenhartz
VICE News
September 29, 2016
Under New York City's opaque and arbitrary civil forfeiture system, seizing money from a woman not accused of a crime is a perfectly legal thing to do.

Op-Ed

Mayor de Blasio is wrong to pick and choose which immigrants deserve counsel

Adriene Holder, Tina Luongo
New York Daily News
May 5, 2017
But due process doesn’t work this way.

News Story

Immigrants in Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds of Miles From Legal Help

Patrick Lee
ProPublica
May 16, 2017
Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves.

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Can New York Keep Immigration Agents Out of The Courthouses?

Beth Fertig
WNYC (NY)
June 29, 2017
Public defenders claim immigration officers have already made more arrests inside and outside state courts so far in 2017 than they did in the previous two years combined.

Feature

When Should a Child be Taken From His Parents

Larissa MacFarquhar
New Yorker
August 1, 2017
In family court, judges must decide whether the risks at home outweigh the risks of separating a family.

News Story

Immigrants Fighting Off Deportation Just Got a Huge Boost in These 11 Cities and Counties

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn
Mother Jones
November 11, 2017
A new initiative wants to make free legal counsel available to all.

News Story

City Tackles Roll-Out of Right to Counsel in Housing Court

Abigail Savitch-Lew
City Limits
January 17, 2018
n February 2017, after years of tenant advocacy, Mayor de Blasio made the announcement that New York City would become the first city in the nation to invest in universal access to counsel for low-income tenants in housing court.

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New, Young Help for Poor in Infamous Bronx Courts

E. C. Gogolak
New York Times (NYT)
October 11, 2013
Columbia Law School students interning with the Bronx Defenders see how court cases affect other aspects of clients’ lives such as housing, immigration and child custody.



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