On September 9th 2023, at UC Davis, the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center recognized APD Attorney Angeles Zaragoza for her outstanding juvenile justice advocacy by bestowing her with the 2023 Defender of the Year Award! Angeles was honored with the award, along with co-recipient, Los Angeles County Public Defender Liz Brunstein.
Angeles has been a statewide leader in juvenile practice and has been instrumental in training and advising attorneys, paralegals and social workers on new policies and programs that more effectively serve our juvenile clients and lead to better case outcomes.
In addition to carrying her own caseload, and helping train and mentor juvenile attorneys, Angeles was appointed to a coveted spot on the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). This body is tasked with investigating and overseeing juvenile halls.
Congratulations, Angeles, and thank you for all that you do on behalf of the juvenile justice community!
APD attorneys participate in an expungement clinic at the Earvin Magic Johnson Community Center. The event was sponsored by Supervisor Holly Mitchell and the newly formed Justice Care and Opportunities Department (JCOD). If you need help with expungement services or post-conviction resources, please reach out to your assigned public defender, or contact our office for more information.
The Mexican American Bar Association Presents:
MEET THE LA COUNTY APD
Wednesday August 23 2023
6 P.M. - 7 P.M.
On September 23rd, 2022, APD participated in the Homeboy Industries 13th Annual 5K Fundraiser Event. Homeboy Industries provides support to former gang members and previously incarcerated people through gang intervention, rehabilitation, training and employment opportunities, and their successful re-entry program. Thanks to the generosity of APD, and their friends and family members, we managed to raise over $3,800 for Homeboy Industries!
APD joins Public Defenders across the country to stand together in solidarity to avow black lives matter. Public Defender offices in Minneapolis, New Orleans, and from coast to coast, stand together with our brothers and sisters in unity.
APD collaborated with Homeless Health Care to assemble and distribute hygiene kits to those experiencing homelessness in Skid Row. APD attorney Jaymes Sanford and APD investigator Kaylin Nelson paired up with Homeless Health Care Harm Reduction Specialist Alex Carrillo and Substance Abuse Counselor Sylvia Meza to distribute hygiene kits at their ‘Center for Harm Reduction’ located at 512 East 4th St, Los Angeles, 90013.