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Federal Defenders Toolkit

Federal public defenders are necessary to increase legal access; we are asking Congress to support full funding for federal public defense during ABA Day 2024.

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Edit and send a preformatted letter directly to your Members of Congress by simply entering some basic information into our Congressional Messaging Portal!


The Sixth Amendment requires that those facing federal criminal charges who are unable to afford an attorney will be provided one, but proposed funding levels for FY2024 would require several hundred layoffs to a system already understaffed. We will be fighting at ABA Day for full funding for federal public defense!

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ABA Day 2024 Training Video

Watch this videos to get up to speed quickly on the 2024 issues and policy with our advocacy training sessions.

Contact Us

To contact the ABA staff member, Ken Goldsmith who works on issues with federal defenders, click here.