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ArchCity Defenders Files Federal Lawsuit Against Workhouse Alleging Range of Inhumane Conditions

November 13, 2017 ArchCity Defenders filed a federal lawsuit against the City of St. Louis for violating the civil rights of plaintiffs held in the City’s Medium Security Institution,...

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Blake Strode Named New Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders; Thomas Harvey Recruited to Join The Bail Project

November 2, 2017 Thomas Harvey has been recruited to join The Bail Project as its National Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy and is leaving ArchCity Defenders in January...

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Qiana Williams: Surviving 20 Years of Debtors’ Prisons

October 20, 2017 Today we filed a debtors’ prison lawsuit on behalf of Qiana Williams, against the City of Arnold, a majority white city located in Jefferson County, just...

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It’s Time for Debtors’ Prisons to be a Thing of the Past.

September 25, 2016 Co-Founder and Executive Director, Thomas Harvey, talks with guest host Matthew Cooke on PoliticKing about ArchCity Defenders’ commitment to holistic legal advocacy. Thomas Harvey’s comprehensive overview highlights...

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Acquittal in Jason Stockley’s Murder of Anthony Lamar Smith Reinforces Message that Law Enforcement can Use Fatal, Excessive Force and Turn to Courts for Protection

September 15, 2017 Joint Statement from ArchCity Defenders, St. Louis Action Council and M.O.R.E. On Friday, a judge acquitted Officer Jason Stockley of first degree murder and armed criminal...

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Following Stockley’s Acquittal, Peaceful Protesters are Met with Militarized Police in Riot Gear, Pepper Spray, National Guard, and Threats to First Amendment Rights

September 15, 2017 Joint Statement by ArchCity Defenders, St. Louis Action Council and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) On yet another day in which St. Louisans of...

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ArchCity Defenders Asks Court to Halt Landlord’s Pattern of Illegal Lock-Outs

August 31, 2017 ArchCity Defenders filed a lawsuit on behalf of clients Shontell Davis and Obadiah Lee who were illegally locked-out of their home and repeatedly threatened with violence...

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Preventing Homelessness: Je’re Reid’s Story

August 7, 2017 Last week was one of the most gratifying we have ever had at ArchCity Defenders. We didn’t file a lawsuit and we didn’t even go to...

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ArchCity Defenders Files Civil Rights Claim on Behalf of Navy Veteran Featured in Department of Justice Report on Ferguson

August 1, 2017 ArchCity Defenders filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Ferguson alleging Constitutional violations of the 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendments on behalf of Fred Watson, a Navy...

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ArchCity Defenders Seeking Candidates for 2018-2020 Fellowships

June 27. 2017 ArchCity Defenders Law and Policy Fellowship Program Deadline: Friday, July 31st, 2017 ArchCity Defenders is pleased to invite applications for sponsorship of an Equal Justice Works,...

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