Trainings for Defense Attorneys

Adrian sharing points around shot selection and broll.

Adrian sharing points around shot selection and broll.

ACJP leads interactive trainings for defense attorneys on social biography videos and participatory defense.

Participatory Defense ACJP leads trainings to public defender offices on our participatory defense model and how to improve defender-and-client community relations.

Social Biography Video Trainings The Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project(ACJP) produces social biography videos and gives trainings to public defender offices on how to create social biography videos (also called mitigation videos) to humanize clients for purposes of impacting sentencing, plea-negotiations, and more. These trainings range from introductory sessions on our methods of producing these videos to all-day and two-day trainings where participants learn all phases of production. Please see the social biography video page to learn more about our trainings, to read testimonials, and to watch sample videos.

Trainings for Community Organizations

In a small group setting, Charisse leads families through a presentation on creating effective mitigation packets

For seven years, the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP) has implemented a model of participatory defense that empowers families and their communities to actively support loved ones facing criminal or immigration charges in the courts.  Through our family justice hubs led by the very individuals most affected by the criminal justice system, we have been able to keep families together who have been threatened by incarceration or deportation. Wrongful charges have been dropped, sentences reduced, deportations beat, and most importantly, loved ones have come home.

Are you a church, community or youth organization, support group, union, or neighborhood group with members who might be facing criminal charges in the courts? Do you want to learn how to provide meaningful and impactful support for those loved ones?

The Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP) offers two types of trainings to organizations nationwide:

  • Family Justice Hub Training and Support This training is for organizations who want to implement a regular space or structure in their organization/ group to support members with cases in the criminal justice system.  This comprehensive training runs for approximately 8 hours (usually split into 2 days) that covers the phases of the criminal justice system, court observations, and tools to support their constituencies.  ACJP staff also provide ongoing support for the organization who have active cases.
  • Introduction to Participatory Defense This training is geared for community organizations who have constituencies who may come into contact with the criminal justice system and just need the tools to be able to support those families effectively when the moment calls. These trainings would run for 3-4 hours, explains the criminal justice system and identifies points of intervention, as well as specific tools that staff and/or key leaders can walk away with to build their capacity to support their constituencies.
  • Creating Effective Mitigation Packets This two hour training is geared for families and community organizations who want to learn how to effectively create a mitigation packet that can assist the courts in understanding the larger context (life challenges, present support, and future prospects) of the individual facing charges.

To set up a training, or for other questions or comments, contact us at:


Phone: 408.971.4965

Address: 701 Lenzen Avenue San Jose, CA 95126

Follow us on Twitter: ACJProject


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