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We're taking our advocacy to the United Nations to call for action to end the criminalization of poverty and status. Learn more.

Our Mission

We make justice a reality for poor people by fighting to guarantee high-quality legal representation for everyone arrested or detained. Around the world, we provide criminal defense services and build sustainable, effective legal aid institutions. 

Our Impact

From the lives of individuals, to their families and communities, at the international level, and in countries around the world, our work has impact.

20190827_Nepal_Sabina Mijar, former PDS

Where We Work

Our Approach

Our unique approach builds sustainable, locally-led legal aid systems and drives meaningful criminal justice reforms. 

Areas of Focus

We focus on specific issues that drive disparities in the criminal justice system and are at the root of injustice around the world. 

Racial, Ethnic & Religious Minorities
Pretrial Justice
Gender Equality
Children & Youth
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