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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.

Welcome to ARCHCITY DEFENDERS

“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

IMPACT AT A GLANCE

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.

Samantha Jenkins, Client of ArchCity Defenders

Coalition of St. Louis-based Organizations Urge People-Centered Policies in Response to This Week’s Flooding

For immediate release: coming to St. Louis July 27-29: “The box,” a Play that conveys the horrors of solitary confinement and the humanity of people subjected to it

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement from St. Louis Families Impacted by Fatal State Violence on Mayor Tishaura Jones’ Executive Order Banning No-Knock Warrants

Upcoming events

Fatal State Violence Response Program Monthly Community Meeting

1000 N. Vandeventer
St. Louis, 63113 United States

Action STL/ ACD Monthly Renters Meeting

1000 N. Vandeventer
St. Louis, 63113 United States

Ctw/Drt Monthly Movement meeting

1000 N. Vandeventer
St. Louis, 63113 United States

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