Rhode Island Public Defender

Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients, fulfilling the governmental obligation of effective assistance of counsel, fundamental fairness and due process. Our goal is to provide client-centered advice, holistic representation and zealous advocacy. Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity, compassion and fairness.
Mary S. McElroy, Public Defender

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Community Partners

Our partnerships take many forms: some involve near-daily contact, others, monthly or bi-monthly meetings, and others exist mostly through referral networks between our agencies. Current collaborations include work with the following agencies:

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Casey Family Services
, located at 1268 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02905, is dedicated to improve the lives of children and families through their Neighborhood Foster Care, Post Adoption, Family Support services and School to Career programs.
Contact: Jim Gannaway at (401) 781-3669 or 1-800-499-7141.

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Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island
, located at 500 Broad Street, Unit 4B, Providence, RI 02907, since 1995 has trained more than 300 racially and ethnically diverse mediators. Their purpose is to help increase peaceful resolutions of conflicts and decrease violence throughout the State.
Contact: Tonya Harris, Executive Director, Erin Wright, Program Director, at (401) 273-9999
Website: www.cmcri.org

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DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality)
- DARE's mission is to organize low income families in communities of color for social, economic, and political justice. DARE's organizational strength and base is its multiracial, multilingual membership. Members are the ones who raise and decide the issues and/or campaigns that the organization will take on and to implement strategies and tactics to prevail. DARE also runs a Behind the Walls Committee that focuses on criminal justice reform.
Contact: Fred Ordonez, Executive Director, (401) 351-6960
Website: www.daretowin.org

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Open Doors
– Open Doors, formerly The Rhode Island Family Life Center (FLC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and advocate for the reintegration of ex-offenders into the community. Open Doors’ reentry program uses a holistic, family-based approach to support offenders as they prepare to leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. Open Doors offers a one-stop center for ex-offenders and their families as they reintegrate into the community.
Contact: Sol Rodriguez, Executive Director, (401) 781-5808
Website: www.opendoorsri.org

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Goodwill Industries
- The mission of Goodwill Industries is to provide training, education and social services that result in employment and expanded economic opportunity for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in order to enhance their capacity for independent living, and an increased quality of life and work. Goodwill Industries also runs the Providence Youth Center, a job development, education, and employment counseling center for youths.
Contact: Jeffrey D. Machado, Executive Director, (401) 861-2080
Website: www.goodwillri.org

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International Institute of Rhode Island
, located at 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907, has for 82 years served as a first stop, full service immigration checkpoint and referral center providing educational, legal, interpreting, translating and social services to immigrants and refugees throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Contact: Bill Shuey, Executive Director at (401) 401-784-8638 or Front Desk, (401) 461-5940
Website: www.iiri.org

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is a one-stop career center that matches job seekers and employers through quality employment programs and services. People find the jobs and training they need through their professional referral and placement resources. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for clients, thus each center is equipped with professional staff, advanced technology and informational resources. For more information:
Contact: (888) 616-JOBS
Website: www.networkri.org

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Providence School Office of Student Opportunities
- the Providence Schools Office of Student Opportunities, located at 182 Thurbers Ave., Providence, RI 02905, provides support to schools, parents, students and community based organizations, mainly to provide students at risk of dropping out of school, with a viable educational alternative.
Contact: Harry Potter, Director, at (401) 456-9126
Email: Harry.Potter@ppsd.org
Website: www.providenceschools.org

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Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
, located at 1070 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860, promotes and preserves the dignity and quality of life for men, women and children, by pursuing comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness. As part of its work, the Coalition manages a homeless legal clinic where volunteer lawyers assist homeless persons with legal matters.
Contact: Jim Ryczek, Executive Director at (401) 721-5685
Website: www.rihomeless.org

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Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project (RIHAP)
, is a grassroots organization dedicated to creating a forum for the homeless community to engage in peer-to-peer organizing, advocacy, outreach and action to end homelessness as we know it in Rhode Island.
Contacts: John Joyce and Megan Smith at (401) 484-0234
Website: www.rihap.org
Email: RI.Homeless.Advocacy.Project@gmail.com

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Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. Located at 56 Pine Street, Fourth Floor, Providence, RI 02903, RILS is a nonprofit corporation that provides civil defense services to the indigent. RILS’s basic priorities are to ensure that low-income people have food, shelter, income, medical care, and freedom from domestic violence. To accomplish this, RILS provides a full range of legal assistance, including advice and brief service, investigation, negotiation, and litigation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts. RILS also provides community legal education services to its client community.
Website: www.rils.org
Contact: Robert M. Barge, Executive Director (401) 274-2652

The Office of Public Defender welcomes your involvement. If your school or agency is interested in collaborating with the Community Partnership Council to develop programs and/or to have us speak to your group, you may contact us as follows:

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