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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Living with Conviction: The Art of Legal Advocacy

Start Date: 4/25/2019 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 4/25/2019 1:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: NAPD

Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

Living with Conviction: The Art of Legal Advocacy

April 25, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Deborah Espinosa and Carmen Pacheco-Jones

About the Webinar:    In partnership with formerly incarcerated individuals, "Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State" uses multimedia storytelling to raise awareness about, and advocate for an end to, the imposition of crippling LFOs, which Washington courts have imposed on criminal defendants at the time of sentencing. Until the recent legislative reform, Washington State imposed 12% interest on LFOs, resulting in individuals being released from prison with substantially more debt than the amount ordered at sentencing. Failure to pay can result in arrest, leading to loss of housing, jobs, and custody of children. The reform, while a step in the right direction, does not alleviate the reality that LFO debt remains physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially crushing to individuals re-entering our communities following incarceration. In this webinar, we will share our legislative advocacy efforts to reform the state's LFO policy. See www.LivingwithConviction.org

About the Faculty:  Deborah Espinosa is the founder of Living with Conviction, who combines her legal and storytelling skills to advocate for the rights of the poor and marginalized, both in the US and in Africa. She also works to strengthen those rights by providing legal technical assistance to state and national governments, primarily in the global south.

Carmen Pacheco-Jones is a formerly incarcerated individual who serves as the Chair of the Racial Equity Committee for the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council. She also is a Washington State Certified Community Health Worker and a Peer Support Specialist. She shared her experience with LFOs with Living with Conviction. 

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December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
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  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
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July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

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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