Latest from VISTA

Friday, April 17, 2020

Through the pandemic, VISTA members across the country continue to serve and build capacity for their communities. Today, we’re featuring the work of Wan Qi, Coulter, and the Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) in addressing the needs of some of our most vulnerable neighbors - those who are incarcerated or recently released from incarceration. Continue reading to see how OPD is trying to reduce the jail population and flatten the curve. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grace, our VISTA member at the Office of Appellate Defender in NYC and VISTA member of the year, shares why she is dedicated to public service.

Grace in the office

Friday, March 13, 2020

We are grateful for our VISTA members and the unique perspectives and strengths they bring to the public defense world. For National AmeriCorps Week, to honor our outstanding members, we asked for nominations for Best VISTA Member and Best VISTA Project. After reviewing the incredible nominations, we have our winners!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

A’Narris, our VISTA member in Detroit, shares how her passion for public health and her city combined with her three years as a Correction’s Officer to bring her to VISTA.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tyler, our VISTA member in Connecticut, shares how his experience with organizing in college brought him to NLADA and VISTA.

Tyler with books to mail out to local jails

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Wan Qi, our VISTA member in New Orleans, shares below how her passion for social justice and life experiences led her to serving with the Orleans Public Defenders.

Wan Qi and Coulter, her fellow New Orleans VISTA member

Monday, March 9, 2020

In honor of National AmeriCorps Week March 8-14, we will be sharing why our AmeriCorps VISTA members serve each day. Below, Meagan, our VISTA member in Greenville, SC, shares how she went from juvenile detention to Corrections Officer to VISTA member.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Pietro, the VISTA member at the Center for Appellate Litagation, interviewed Molly Schindler on how Books Beyond Bars got its start. Read on to see how VISTA and books fit into their office's mission.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Amanda, a second year VISTA in Santa Barbara, California interviewed S.E. Ballard on how justice, poverty, and VISTA connect in their community. 

I spoke with Chief Trial Deputy S.E. Ballard out of the Santa Barbara Office about how they got hooked on indigent defense and what role they see a VISTA playing in the office now and in the future. Ballard is actively licensed in four states and prior to their current role, they worked out in Juvenile Defense for the County of Santa Barbara and as Chief Trial Deputy in Santa Maria.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Guam Public Defender Service Corporation (GPDSC) has partnered with NLADA and AmeriCorps VISTA for two years to build up their data system. Read below to see how the partnership has impacted the office with an interview by Tommy Bacher, Guam VISTA member.