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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
    • Now, NAPD releases its 2014 Annual Report, which details a summary of the experiences and accomplishments of its first year, largely told through the voices of the membership. NAPD’s inclusive, sharing, practitioner-led organizational model is a unique approach to overcome the challenges that public defenders and their clients face in their quest for justice.
    •   The child welfare system often operates invisibly. Many lay people may have little understanding that it even exists, and if they do they know only that the court can pull children from their parents and put them in foster care. The ultimate sanction in child welfare court is the decision to “terminate parental rights”, which is a decision by a court that a family before them ought not exist. Which powers does the state have that are greater than the power to utterly and irreversibly destroy a family?
    • NAPD supports the Hinds County Public Defender’s Office in their effort to ensure that there exists an effective criminal justice system for poor people coming before the court. Such a system requires a neutral bench, an ethical prosecution, and an independent public defense system. An immediate ruling by the Supreme Court in Mississippi is necessary, as it is the only remedy to restore the affected clients’ constitutional rights.
    • You got 20 minutes? Have you been wondering what this Ferguson thing is all about? Do yourself a favor and watch this video of three fine warriors and public defenders appear in front of of legislators and argue for justice for poor people.

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    mutual aid

    Our community includes brilliant men and women with a diversity of specializations, interests, and experiences. NAPD is a collection of individuals dedicated to public defense and the right to counsel connecting directly to share knowledge, brainstorm challenges, and offer support.

    you're the expert

    No one understands public defense better than the thousands of men and women across the country who engage in the work on a daily basis. Through the unified voice of NAPD, we will at last claim our rightful position as experts regarding the right to counsel and the systems designed to provide that valuable right.

    stronger together

    The men and women who dedicate their professional lives to public defense must serve as the catalysts for change. Through NAPD, we will speak with one voice for our clients and their constitutional right to counsel.