Participatory Defense

Being arrested or having a loved one arrested can be traumatic.

Participatory Defense is a program developed and created by families of Silicon Valley De-Bug’s Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project. It is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system.

Grassroots Leadership and Texas Advocates for Justice are leading the movement to empower families to advocate for their loved ones who have been entangled in the criminal justice system.

Austin, Texas (Travis County) is currently a National Hub for Participatory Defense. Houston, Texas (Harris County) is soon to become a National Hub as well.

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