A new model of public defense.

Training & Technical Assistance

Whether your organization operates as a public defender office, a statewide system, assigned counsel program, or individual practitioner or advocate, The Center is available to assist you in examining the current state of your practice and how you can more fully and skillfully incorporate the principles of Holistic Defense at either the individual or organizational level. This offer of training and technical assistance is open to all – from office heads, to managers, to individual practitioners. We have resources committed to providing technical assistance and support in all aspects of Holistic Defense for offices that are just beginning the process of re-imagining their practice as well as those that are well along the path towards embracing Holistic Defense. The assistance we are able to provide ranges from phone- and web-based consultations, to site visits and on-site trainings as well as review, advice, and cooperative planning. The precise contours of the assistance provided will vary depending on the needs of the particular office. For some, the Center’s technical assistance will be the launching point of an office-wide initiative introducing staff to Holistic Defense. For others, the assistance offered by the Center will be another step in a process well underway.

The assistance offered by the Center for Holistic Defense takes several forms:

✓ The Technical Assistance RFP Process

Each year, The Center releases a Request for Proposals (RFP), soliciting applications from defender offices nationwide to receive six months of in-depth technical assistance. We attempt to distribute the application to every defender office across the country.

For any questions, and to ensure that your office receives an application, please contact us at info@bronxdefenders.org to be placed on our mailing list.

✓ Shorter-term Assistance for Organizations

We offer shorter-term assistance in one or more areas of Holistic Defense to interested defender offices. We respond to these requests on a rolling basis and based on our staffing needs. To makes such a request, please contact us at info@bronxdefenders.org.

✓ Shorter-term Assistance for Individuals

Front-line defenders – whether attorneys, social workers, community outreach workers, community advocates, or investigators – can ask questions or seek advice on how Holistic Defense bears on their own individual practice and on how they themselves can begin to practice more holistically. If you are an individual practitioner seeking shorter-term technical assistance, please contact us at info@bronxdefenders.org.

✓ Written Material

We have created a variety of written materials on different aspects of Holistic Defense. Past topics have included developing an immigration services plan, working with social workers, and community resource mapping. We also write law review and other more academic, articles on Holistic Defense.

✓ Site Visits

The Center arranges site visits to The Bronx Defenders, allowing interested public defenders and others to gain a first-hand view of what Holistic Defense looks like as it is practiced at The Bronx Defenders. To schedule a site visit, request a training session, or ask a question about Holistic Defense, please contact us at info@bronxdefenders.org.

✓ Training and Professional Development

Expert practitioners from The Bronx Defenders are available to lead training sessions for advocates on various aspects of Holistic Defense or to make presentations on Holistic Defense at conferences or symposia. We released a 30-minute, documentary-style training film on Holistic Defense, along with an accompanying viewer’s guide. We distribute the film free of charge to any interested organization or individual. Please contact us at info@bronxdefenders.org if you would like a copy of our film on Holistic Defense, “Redefining Public Defense: Stories of Holistic Advocacy.”

✓ Online Access To Experts

The institutional and individual expertise of The Bronx Defenders is available to anyone interested in adopting a more holistic model of legal practice. We encourage any interested member of the indigent defense community – from staff attorneys to students, office heads to activists, social workers to investigators – to email us with any questions you may have about Holistic Defense, in theory or in practice, and we will do our best to provide you with the answer.

Have Additional Questions? Contact us.