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.




On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  


On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.