Latest from VISTA

Friday, October 9, 2020

Two NLADA AmeriCorps members started the inaugural VISTA program in the Pima County Public Defense Services in August. Below, Jessica, explains the history of the county as a borderland and the importance of public defense within Arizona’s specific judicial environment. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

As the Connecticut Division of Public Defenders Services (CDPD) enters their second year of AmeriCorps NLADA VISTA programming, they are continuing the court outreach started by Tyler, the 2019 VISTA member, with COVID-19 safety protocols. Read on to hear how Nichele is assistating CDPD with outdoor events to help people find information about their case and apply for legal assistance. >

Friday, October 2, 2020

Dametrick and the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender are both back for year two as part of the NLADA AmeriCorps program. Read on to learn why the capacity building and partnerships are key to Cook County expanding holistic defense. 


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Orleans Public Defender Office was one of our first host sites, first focusing on building better data systems. As they begin their third year with NLADA AmeriCorps VISTA members, they have built stronger community relations across New Orleans and use the data reports NLADA AmeriCorps members create to show how the partnerships assist their clients. Daniel Goldstein, a Community Partnerships member, explains below how Hurricane Katrina pushed the city to make important changes to follow best practices for holistic public defense.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) in New York City is partnering with NLADA VISTA for a third year of building partnerships to strengthen holistic defense. Alexandra Macdonald started service at OAD in August to build up their data and tracking systems. Read on to learn why her service matters to the NYC community.


Monday, September 21, 2020

Maisy Menzies began serving at in Contra Costa County, California in August. Read on to learn how Contra Costa is addressing their clients’ needs and how AmeriCorps VISTA is plugging in to get things done.


This year, I’m serving in the Richmond office of the Contra Costa Public Defenders. These public defenders are known for being at the forefront of progressive representation for their clients through innovative projects and community advocacy.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Logan Montel began her service in Pima County, Arizona in August. Read on to hear how her childhood and college experiences prepared her to serve.

Monday, September 14, 2020

12 new VISTA members started August 2020 and we are excited for you to meet them! This cohort is starting primarily serving from home with all the challenges of COVID ahead. Even with starting a new position remotely, they are diving in to learn about their host site and community and creatively building partnerships and data systems to fit our new normal. Below, meet Batya, our Grants System VISTA serving in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Meagan, our South Carolina VISTA member spoke to Pietro, one of our New York City VISTA members. They talked about the challenges of COVID, learning about the criminal justice system, and how they’ll leverage this experience in the future.

Meagan: What made you join the VISTA program?

Monday, May 18, 2020

Our VISTA members interviewed each other over the past month to learn about why they care about criminal justice and how they approach service. Today we’re featuring Wan Qi from New Orleans’s interview with Tyler from Connecticut. Read on to learn how Tyler approaches capacity building justice work and watch this space for more interviews.