Holistic Defense

At ArchCity Defenders, we practice holistic defense, an approach developed by the Bronx Defenders. Holistic defense combines zealous advocacy with an understanding that for most poor people charged with a crime, the criminal case is not the only issue they struggle with. Attention needs to be given to the underlying causes of their legal matters.


Holistic defense is most frequently identified by:

  • Seamless access to legal and nonlegal services that meet client needs
  • Dynamic, interdisciplinary communication
  • Advocates with an interdisciplinary skill set
  • A robust understanding of, and connection to, the community served

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