2013 Recipient

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Where presented : 
NLADA Annual Conference
Recipient organization: 
The Bronx Defenders
Recipient organization city: 
Recipient organization state: 
New Jersey
Reason for selection of recipient(s): 

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, a staff of nearly 200 represents 30,000 individuals each year and reaches hundreds more through outreach programs and community legal education. In the Bronx and beyond, it promotes justice in low-income communities by keeping families together.

The Bronx Defenders looks beyond individual cases to challenge entrenched problems that drive individuals into the justice system through community education, leadership development, impact litigation, and legislative reform. It operates 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. It seeks partnerships with community-based providers and leverages their expertise to ensure that its clients’ expressed needs are addressed.