Profile: kathy.moccio

Kathleen A. Moccio (Kathy) is an attorney with the Hennepin County Public Defenders where she works with non-citizen clients to address the immigration issues inherent to their case. She regularly teaches immigration law as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Ms. Moccio frequently speaks and writes about immigration law. She is co-author of several articles related to the intersection of immigration law and childhood, including The ABCs of Representing Unaccompanied Children, Immigration Practice Pointers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2011 - 2012, The ABCs of Working with Immigrant Children to Obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for Those Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned, Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, American Immigration Lawyers 2006-07, Severing A Lifeline: The Neglect of Citizen Children in America’s Immigration Enforcement Policy, a 2009 Dorsey and Whitney, LLP report to the Urban Institute. She also served as a consultant to the Urban Institute in its publication of Facing Our Future – Children in the Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement. She has been active with the Advocates for Human Rights, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the American Immigration Council. She is eternally grateful for the dedication of her co-public defenders and colleagues within the immigration bar who daily fight for their clients.

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    NAPD News

    On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.


    Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE