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Profile: raj.jayadev

Raj Jayadev is the founder and director of Silicon Valley De-Bug -- a media, community organizing, and social entrepreneurial collective based in San Jose, CA. Through De-Bug, Jayadev started a family organizing model called the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project – a methodology for families and communities to impact the outcome of cases of their loved ones and change the landscape of power in the courts. They call the approach "participatory defense" and are now training organizations and public defenders on the model nationally. Through participatory defense, Jayadev also created the practice of “social biography videos” to impact sentencing and charging, which received the Silver Heart Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for giving “voice to the voiceless” in the court system. Jayadev is currently an Ashoka Fellow, a fellowship for social entrepreneurs, where they are assisting him in scaling participatory defense into a new national practice. Jayadev has written for dailies across the country, and his work has been profiled in outlets such as the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. He can be reached at: raj@siliconvalleydebug.org and more about his work can be found online at www.acjusticeproject.org

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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.
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November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.
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April 16, 2017: 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper features the Orleans Public Defenders and NAPD General Counsel in a substantive segment about public defenders' excessive workloads, pervasive injustice, and the obligation of defenders to resist the "conveyer belt" of mass-incarceration. You can watch the compelling segment HERE
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On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principles, which are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.