Defending Communities in Service VISTA

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**This project was designed by NLADA expressly with Public Defender offices in mind. We encourage any office with the capacity to host a VISTA member to consider applying. If you have questions about the program please reach out to Emily Flanagan, Senior Program Associate, directly at [email protected].**

NLADA knows that Public Defenders need more resources, so we’ve created a cutting edge project that will help.

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to create an innovative pilot project that will train AmeriCorps VISTA members and place them in public defender agencies. These VISTA members will build projects based on the principles of community oriented defense and establish systems for ongoing sustainability.  

This initiative, Defending Communities in Service, allows NLADA, for the first time ever, to provide boots on the ground to public defender offices to help them modernize their approach to evidence-based practices, data management, and community partnerships.

VISTA members will build capacity in their host organizations by:

  • Developing a community consortium of justice stakeholders.

  • Building a network of community partners so that public defenders are better equipped to meet all of their clients’ needs.

  • Increasing capacity to track the impact of quality indigent defense.

  • Collecting data to analyze the value of social workers in public defender offices.

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2018, and ongoing application guidence sessions will be hosted each Friday at 3pm et by NLADA staff.

Funding Source: 
Corporation for National and Community Service
Eligible Grantees: 

Public Defender offices and programs