This month, the first-ever LGBTQ-Plus branch of the Collaborative Court has officially launched at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center downtown LA.
The COVID-19 virus that knows no racial, cultural or socioeconomic boundaries, shines a light on the drastic need for criminal justice reform.
LA County Public Defender Ricardo D. Garcia gives an update on how his Office is handling the COVID-19 crisis.
"This is going to change my life for the better."
"We are committed to creating and maintaining a partnership with the community."
"Happy Social Work Month, I wish it could be all year. I am proud of you. You guys do so much tremendous work."
“We have a core mission, we all know it. To be zealous advocates. To treat our clients with dignity. To do our work with integrity. It’s more than just our mission, it’s a human mission.”
"Youth perceive custody very differently and do not fully understand the criminal justice system and the consequences of waiving Miranda rights."
"Public Defenders really are the most empathetic, passionate, understanding lawyers I’ve met. Here, no one does this for money or prestige, you do it because you believe in it and want to help people."
“Our job is to show our clients’ humanity.”
"You guys saved my life!"
"I believe that the commitment of every man and woman in this room right now is aligned with the reality that we can change this for the better. And we will."
"We at the Public Defender want to see our clients be given an opportunity to gain employment, shelter and food for their families."
"LA County Public Defenders work tirelessly and often without public praise or understanding of the difficult job of being the foot soldiers of the Constitution."
"It’s a great opportunity for us to show people that we are committed to our mission and we are here for them."
"Today, I finally got to meet the lawyers who were able to help me go in the right direction."
“I think we made a difference today.”
“I hope that my daughter learns that being a successful person is not about how much money you make or where your degree was obtained. Rather, it’s about the impact you have on the world."
"My goal is to be one of those attorneys who just wants to give back to the community, to be a voice for the people who are otherwise ignored and overlooked."
"Compassion is the main thing I want them to learn. I want them to realize there’s a duty to help other people not as fortunate."
"There’s something in my DNA that I just felt that fighting for the underdog was my destiny."