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'24 MSPD Holistic Defense Development VISTA
The Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) is developing a more holistic approach to public defense– an approach addressing the needs and risk factors of clients outside the scope of traditional representation. VISTAs will evaluate MSPD’s Holistic Defense Services efforts to outline areas for improvement in addressing the underlying needs of poor criminal defendants in Missouri. They will work with attorneys, social workers, AmeriCorps Holistic Advocates, and MSPD leadership to increase MSPD’s capacity to address such needs, improve the wellbeing and economic opportunity of clients, and break the cycle of poverty that afflicts clients and their communities. Research shows that challenges the criminally accused face are rooted in poverty and instability, which manifests as untreated physical and mental health conditions, substance abuse, housing instability, unemployment, and a lack of social support – all of which afflict MSPD clients. VISTAs will increase MSPD’s capacity to improve client wellbeing and reduce incarceration. Those seeking to positively impact the intersection of Missouri’s legal system and poverty are encouraged to join in providing stability to our vulnerable neighbors and building a more equitable legal system. Qualified candidates will be inquisitive, collaborative, resourceful, open-minded, effective at expressing complex concepts, and passionate about public service. Preferred candidates will display effective leadership, organization, communication, and project management skills. Ideal candidates will have excellent attention to detail, strong computer skills, and a general knowledge of statistics. A one-year commitment is required and the term will begin in the summer of 2024. Placement is possible in St. Louis or Kansas City.
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Member Duties : The Holistic Defense Development VISTAs will play a crucial role in establishing a more holistic approach – one that addresses the underlying needs of criminal defendants- to public defense in Missouri. VISTAs will 1) Develop understanding of public defense and the problems afflicting MSPD clients 2) Evaluate the current state of Holistic Defense Services by gathering and analyzing feedback and program data 3) Maintain and build upon existing program partnerships, resources, guides and manuals, and 4) Develop a framework for maintaining and expanding grant funding, training initiatives, and volunteer networks related to the holistic representation of MSPD clients, and more.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  13 paid holidays, 32-hour work week ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Housing ,  Public Safety ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Homelessness . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Computers/Technology ,  Social Services ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Communications . 
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'24 MSPD Holistic Defense Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
11/19/2023  -   11/26/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MISSOURI  

Accepting Applications
From  02/05/2024  To  07/31/2024 

Contact Alex Lubbe
1114 Market Street
St. Louis   MO   63101
(314) 340-7625

Listing ID 121769


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