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MSPD Holistic Advocates
Missouri State Public Defender’s Holistic Defense Services team has partnered with AmeriCorps Missouri to pioneer a more holistic approach to public defense in Missouri – an approach that seeks to address the underlying needs and risk factors that so many of our clients share – and which are often what led to their involvement in the criminal legal system in the first place. Holistic Advocates will have the unique opportunity to participate in the launch of MSPD’s Holistic Defense Services program and truly impact the way Missouri’s criminal legal system works. Your efforts can help transform this system into one that is more humane and equitable and that recognizes that all people deserve to be treated respectfully and with dignity. Holistic Advocates will go into their local communities to build engagement with service providers and help connect our clients to available resources. They will also work with attorneys to provide mitigation support to help clients avoid unnecessary pretrial detention and to make sure our clients’ lives and experiences are taken into consideration throughout their case. Holistic Advocates will work within their local trial office and collaborate with attorneys, clients, and support staff, as well as with their regional and the statewide Holistic Defense Services team. Extensive training and support will be provided. We have 4 Current Openings: St. Joseph, Fulton, Lebanon, Farmington. Full time, one-year commitment preferred. We also welcome part-time commitments. Please contact us for more information. Full-time Holistic Advocates will be eligible for $33,004/yr (pre-tax) living allowance, pro-rated and paid in regular bi-monthly increments, member health care coverage for members who are not otherwise covered by a health care policy, a $6,495 education award at the end of the term and professional development training. These positions will remain open until filled.
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Member Duties : • Connecting clients to local resources for housing, mental health care, substance addiction treatment, transportation, etc. • Conducting psychosocial history interviews with clients • Interviewing mitigation witnesses and collecting letters of support • Assisting attorneys in developing mitigation themes • Drafting mitigation memoranda for use in criminal cases • Engaging with community partners to build relationships and address barriers our clients face in accessing services • Collecting data tracking the impact of this work
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training . 
Terms :
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Ex-Offender Reentry ,  Veterans ,  Community Outreach ,  Health ,  Hunger ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Homelessness ,  Public Safety . 
Skills :
Law ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Social Services . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps State / National

MSPD Holistic Advocates

Program Start/End Date
08/22/2022  -   08/21/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MISSOURI  


Accepting Applications
From  08/01/2022  To  11/30/2022 

Contact Annie Legomsky
1000 West Nifong
Columbia   MO   65203

Listing ID 113913