2012 Holistic Defense for Public Defender Offices: Technical Assistance Opportunity

The Center for Holistic Defense

The 2012 Holistic Defense for Public Defender Offices

Technical Assistance Project Request for Proposals

The Center for Holistic Defense, a project of The Bronx Defenders, is pleased to announce the release of its third annual Technical Assistance Project Request For Proposals, seeking applications from public defender offices across the country, including juvenile defender offices, interested in receiving hands-on technical assistance in one or more aspects of holistic defense.

Three offices will be chosen to receive eight-months of step-by-step guidance and concrete assistance in the practice of holistic defense.  This assistance will include staff training and site visits by members of the Center and of The Bronx Defenders, as well as recipient visits to The Bronx Defenders.

Holistic Defense is an innovative, client-centered and interdisciplinary model of public defense that addresses both the circumstances driving poor people into the criminal justice system as well as the devastating consequences of criminal justice involvement by offering criminal and related civil legal representation, social work support and advocacy in the client community.  By addressing these issues, holistic defense yields better life outcomes for clients and reduces their criminal justice involvement over the long term.  Furthermore, by fundamentally transforming the way clients are represented, holistic defense supports the move towards a more humane and just criminal justice system.

Attached, please find a copy of the RFP.  The Center encourages applications from across the country and will endeavor to select a diverse cross-section of the defender community.  Please note that applications under this RFP are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012.

For more information please visit the Center for Holistic Defense website.

Please contact Alex Sierck, the Project Director, with any questions at (718) 838-7857, or via email atalexs@bronxdefenders.org.