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ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a holistic legal advocacy organization that combats the criminalization of poverty and state violence, especially in communities of color. ACD’s foundation of civil and criminal legal representation, social services, impact litigation, policy and media advocacy, and community collaboration achieves and inspires justice and equitable outcomes for people throughout the St. Louis region and beyond.


“ArchCity Defenders walks into the danger that most lawyers walk away from. They choose to go to the hard places. They aren’t intimidated by the challenge. They seek it out. They do the thankless work alongside organizers, activists, and community to protect the rights of those our society devalues. They are there after the cameras are gone and the 24-hour news cycle is up.”

-Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Activist, Educator, and Speaker

Our Services


Arch City Defenders has accomplished a lot since 2009. Here are some things we're proudest of.

Represented thousands of people

in the St. Louis region.

53 civil rights lawsuits filed

regarding issues like debtors’ prisons, police misconduct, cash bail, and jail conditions.

161 people

or 36 families housed with the help of our Social Work team since August 2018.

50+ partnerships

formed with local and national groups, nonprofits, and universities to raise awareness and advance systemic policy change in our region.

When it comes to ArchCity Defenders, I trust them. They feel more like my family, like they’re not just my lawyers. They’re my friends also. They listen to you, they want to know if you okay, they want to know how you doing. Even asked, ya know, ‘you got food to eat?’ They make sure you got everything.  They do everything they can for they clients. I never seen so many attorneys like that ever in life. Since I’ve been a part of ArchCity, I feel free. They made me feel free.

Media Advisory: Upcoming Art Exhibition Honors Stories of Women Whose Loved Ones Have been Killed by Police and Died in Jail  

5 Black St. Louisans Who Shook Up History 

Lessons from Inside Missouri’s Women’s Prisons

For Immediate Release: Florissant Becomes Sixth Missouri City to Settle Debtors’ Prison Claims Brought by ArchCity Defenders. Over 85,000 People Eligible to Cash In.

Upcoming events

ArchCity Defenders 11th Annual Trivia Night

2301 S. 7th Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63104 United States

ArchCity Defenders 15th Anniversary Showcase

5050 Oakland Ave
St. Louis, Missouri 63110 United States