Neighborhood Defender Service provides the highest quality legal representation through community-based, holistic public defense.

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NDS at 30: A Legacy of Justice

For 30 years, NDS has fought for our neighbors’ justice and dignity in the face of systems that would deny it. On November 17, we’re celebrating that work and those who work alongside us.

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What We Do Works

Pre-Arrest Services

Criminal Defense

Family Defense

Civil Defense

Immigration Defense

Youth Law

Servicios en Español

Global Justice


Police Accountability/ Community Empowerment

The NDS PACE Program creates long-term, structural change by reckoning with police impunity, reducing overpolicing and building community power and wealth.

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The Power of Public Defense

An introduction to Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, (NDS) an innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice in Northern Manhattan.