PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE TRAININGS
TRAININGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE
This session is geared for community organizations who have constituencies who may come into contact with the criminal justice system and just need the tools to be able to support those families effectively when the moment calls. This session runs for about 2 hours, explains the criminal justice system and identifies points of intervention, as well as specific tools that staff and/or key leaders can walk away with to build their capacity to support their constituencies.
PARTICIPATORY DEFENSE TRAINING SERIES
These sessions are for organizations who want to implement a regular space or structure in their organization/ group to support their local community with cases in the criminal and/or juvenile justice systems in a consistent and sustained way. This runs for approximately 2 days that covers the points of intervention to impact the criminal justice system, meeting infrastructure, defense preparation tools, and campaign development.
Are you a community or youth organization, faith organization, support group, union, or grassroots community organizing group with members who might be facing criminal charges in the courts? Do you want to learn how to provide meaningful and impactful support for those loved ones to impact the outcomes of their cases?
Silicon Valley De-Bug offers various types of trainings to organizations nationwide:
TRAININGS FOR DEFENSE ATTORNEYS AND DEFENSE TEAMS
Are you a public defenders office, defense attorney or part of a defense team who wants to learn more about Participatory Defense? Do you want to learn how to use tools of Participatory Defense like Social Biography Videos or how to incorporate family and community into your defense?
National Participatory Defense Network offers the following trainings to Defense Attorneys and Defense teams:
Developed by families in San Jose, CA, participatory defense is a community organizing framework that activates the individual facing charges, their families, and communities to impact the outcomes of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. In cities across the country, families are assisting lawyers in gathering material for both mitigation and defense, and showing up for their loved ones in courts. As they begin to see the
holes of the system, they also organize to change systemic policies and practices.
We lead introductory sessions on participatory defense to defense attorneys, discussing the origins, principles, and workings of participatory defense. Using case examples, we show how families, communities, and defenders collaborated to impact the outcomes of cases, and discuss ways defenders can improve and build on relationships with their client communities. The training will also cover how community and defender partnerships can lead to systemic changes in the courts.
De-Bug produces social biography videos and gives trainings to public defender offices and participatory defense hubs on how to create social biography videos to humanize people for purposes of impacting sentencing, plea-negotiations, and more. These trainings range from introductory sessions on our methods of producing these videos to all-day and two-day trainings where participants learn all phases of production.