Legal Support Workers
<p>MISSION: OPD’s mission is to fight for our clients by providing excellent client-centered representation, reforming the system and partnering with the community. </p><p> </p><p>VISION: Dignity, Justice, Hope </p><p> </p><p>OPD Injustice RallyCreated in the wake of a complete criminal justice system failure following Hurricane Katrina, OPD reimagined representation for poor people in New Orleans. OPD brought forth a model and standard of representation never before seen and is now a benchmark for public defense in Louisiana. </p><p> </p><p>We have made significant advances in juvenile representation and mitigation, bond advocacy, and mental health representation; laid the groundwork to reduce recidivism with diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs, spearheaded innovative programming such as Municipal Court at the Mission, Expungement Hour and the creation of our own Client Services Division which connects clients to critical services and programming and advocates for treatment, mental and medical health care, housing, job placement and more. </p><p> </p><p>In the last decade-plus, OPD has established itself as a criminal justice reform leader – advocating for increased fairness, equity, and justice in our criminal justice system. We fight to end Louisiana’s user-pay criminal justice system and protect the rights and well-being of our community. </p><p> </p><p>OPD has been recognized by the Southern Center for Human Rights with the 2009 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award, the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, and the Innocence Project of New Orleans with the 2014 Criminal Justice Hero Award. In 2015, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association name OPD as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Award winner, recognizing OPD as one of the premier public defender offices in the country.</p>
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