NDS Texas provides public defense representation and related services exclusively to immigrants who have been arrested as part of the State of Texas’ Operation Lone Star program. The first NDS Texas office opened in San Antonio in January 2022, and a second office opened in Houston in August 2022.
NDS’ services are funded by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, through a subcontract with the Lubbock Private Defenders Office.
Most staff members are based in San Antonio or Houston; some are based in Del Rio, Dilley, Edinburg, and Laredo.
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NDS has been selected to create a new public defender office for Hays County. NDS Hays County will be established in January 2023, and will start taking cases in the spring.
Meenu Walters manages NDS Texas. She previously served with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid as Chief Public Defender of Atascosa, Wilson, Karnes, and Frio Counties.