Who we are

Five Boro Defenders (5BD) is an informal collective of public defenders, civil rights attorneys, and advocates fighting for the rights of indigent New Yorkers. Founded in 2006 by a group of CUNY Law students embarking upon careers in public defense and civil rights, 5BD has provided a forum for the public defender community to organize and strategize on issues impacting communities of color and low-income New Yorkers. We are proud to be one of the founding organizations of CourtWatchNYC alongside Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and VOCAL-NY in our collective call for greater courtroom accountability and transparency.

To join, email: 5borodefense@gmail.com with your name and your affiliation.