ArchCity Defenders is engaged in an exemplary, and often thankless job, of defending the voiceless and powerless in the criminal justice system. As a former public defender, I know how difficult the work can be and I salute those who continue the fight for justice and fairness in our legal system. It is the highest form of advocacy. 

– Charles J. Ogletree Jr., The Jessie Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School 

VICE Documentary featuring ArchCity Defenders’ work to end the criminalization of poverty through representing people whose civil rights have been violated by courts, police, and jails and by filing class actions lawsuits challenging cash bail and debtors’ prisons.

ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy and combating the criminalization of poverty and state violence against poor people and people of color.  ACD uses direct services, impact litigation, and policy and media advocacy as its primary tools to promote justice, protect civil and human rights, and bring about systemic change on behalf of the poor and communities of color directly impacted by the abuses of the legal system.