THE NATIONAL BLACK PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION
The National Black Prosecutors Association is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of Blacks as prosecutors. Founded in 1983, the Association’s membership is comprised of both chief and line prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, the association’s membership includes law students, former prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel.
The NBPA is emerging as the international association of Black law enforcement professionals with a reputation for providing education and leadership in the legal profession through its intensive training sessions and multi-disciplined networking.
The National Black Prosecutors Foundation (NBPA Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The NBPA Foundation provides scholarships for African American law students who meet academic criteria, along with a demonstrated desire to serve the community.
The NBPA Foundation also funds a fellowship for African American law school interns at prosecutors’ offices across the country. In recognizing the financial hardships that prevent some students from securing unpaid internships, the NBPA Fellowship allows students to explore a career in prosecution.
Advisory: Prosecutors to Host Panel on Civil Liberties July 20th at National Black Prosecutors Association’s Annual Conference
Panel will feature speakers from the ACLU of Florida and the Color of Change
MIAMI, FL – The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) will host a panel discussion named “The Importance of Civil Liberties for Prosecutors”, featuring speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and Color of Change during the NBPA’s 34th Annual Conference and Job Fair. The panel will take place on Thursday, July 20 from 2:00 – 3:30pm, at the Westin Downtown Cleveland.
Focusing on providing education and leadership in the legal profession, the panel will discuss the responsibility of prosecutors to defend civil liberties and its role in reforming the criminal justice system. Melba Pearson, NBPA’s Immediate Past President and Deputy Director of the ACLU of Florida, will be moderating the panel.
The Importance of Civil Liberties for Prosecutors
Panel discussion at 2017 NBPA Annual Conference and Job Fair
Thursday, July 20, 2:00-3:30pm
Westin Downtown Cleveland
Moderator: Melba Pearson, ACLU of Florida deputy director and immediate past NBPA president
Panelists: Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change; Professor David Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Consultant Whitney Tymas; Ian Friedman of Friedman and Nemecek LLC, and volunteer attorney for the ACLU of Ohio.
“I hope for us to have a robust discussion regarding some of the biggest challenges facing our country and our criminal justice system today,” said Pearson. “The role of the prosecutor of color as an agent of change continues to be critical now more than ever.”
“The dialogue between communities and their prosecutors is essential,” stated Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change and featured panelist. “Though far too few, we applaud the prosecutors across the country who are finally putting an end to the racially-biased and discredited policies that largely define our criminal justice system today.”
“Laws are ever changing and justice isn’t one size fits all,” stated William Jorden, National President of the NBPA. “Therefore, a deeper understanding of personal freedoms is paramount to what a prosecutor does daily,”
For further information, please contact Melba V. Pearson, Immediate Past President, at 305.491.2404. To learn more about the NBPA, please visit www.blackprosecutors.org
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The National Black Prosecutors Association is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of prosecutors of color. Founded in 1983, the Association’s membership is comprised of over 800 prosecutors nationwide. It includes both elected and line prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, the association’s membership includes law students, former prosecutors, members of the judiciary and law enforcement personnel.
National Black Prosecutors Association to Host Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Forum in Cleveland
Chicago, IL – June 28, 2017 – The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) will host its first Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Forum on Thursday, July 20, as part of its 34th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of one year. This daylong Forum is geared towards addressing domestic violence and sexual assault issues in the corporate arena. Given the recent high profile sexual harassment cases, the Forum is specifically designed for corporations to help them address DV policy implementation and provide techniques to maintain a successful program. The Forum will feature speakers from the judicial sector, the private sector, government agencies, and legal organizations.
“Statistics from the CDC show that one in four women and one in seven men aged 18 and older have been a victim of physical violence by their intimate partner,” said Deborah LaTouche, organizer of the Forum. “As legal professionals, we have an obligation to be educated as much as possible on the impacts of domestic violence and sexual assault. As good community stewards, we can also educate individuals on prevention and if necessary, where they can seek help.”
The program will include panel discussions on workplace stalking, sexual harassment in the workplace and the various aspects of abuse. General sessions will cover raising awareness, educating, and equipping organizations with the tools to address issues of intimate partner violence. The day will end with case study sessions designed to discuss and create solutions for different organizational cultures.
LaTricia Woods, email@example.com
NBPA Statement on Philando Castile
Last week, a jury in Minnesota acquitted Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. That decision has left a nation sadden and in search of answers. Our country is at a crossroads as we grapple with incident after incident that compels us to seek justice and appropriate resolution. As public servants, the members of the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) will continue to work for social change and criminal justice reform to combat a structure that disproportionately affects one group of people over another. As citizens, we need to fight for a transparent system and be active in our legislative and judicial processes. Together, our communities must continue to work for a system that works actively and diligently to provide justice for all.
FIRST BLACK WOMAN APPOINTED TO THE COURT OF APPEALS, NEW YORK’S HIGHEST COURT, DIED SUDDENLY, LEAVING NEW YORKERS SHOCKED
The NBPA stands in support of 9th Judicial Circuit (Florida) State Attorney Aramis Ayala
A prosecutor’s discretion is to be protected, and should only be overridden by the voters. NBPA joined the legal community in a letter opposing the Florida governor’s actions; also see the Huffington Post article by Immediate Past President Melba Pearson.
The NBA also joined forces with the NBPA to support Ms. Ayala: NBPA Letter of Support
The NBPA, in conjunction with the Prosecutors Center of Excellence, created an implicit bias toolkit. It provides speaker information, a topic overview and other useful tools to educate prosecutors on this issue.