La Defensa is a Project of Tides Advocacy

Support Our Work

There are still opportunities to plug in for the Defenders of Justice! 

Join us for POLITICS & PINTS

Friday, October 14th | 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Trademark Brewery
233 E Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90813

Saturday, October 15th | 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Hermosillo Bar
5125 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA, 90042

…for a night of post-carding, politics, and pints! 🍻 Bring a friend and help us spread the word to LA voters about the importance of judicial elections!

CHIP IN NOW to help take our progressive judicial candidates over the finish line!

VOTE FOR THE DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE IN THE NOV 8 MIDTERM ELECTION!

CHIP IN NOW to help take our progressive judicial candidates over the finish line!

The Defenders of Justice are four progressive judges — three public defenders and a civil rights attorney — who have committed their careers to connecting clients with support services and alternatives to incarceration.

One-of-a-Kind Advocacy

One-of-a-kind Advocacy

The La Defensa Justice PAC is the first of its kind, and the only PAC dedicated to supporting truly progressive candidates for judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court. The PAC will focus on culturally-informed political education for varying demographics, especially first time voters, under-funded communities, and the LGBTGI+ community.

Our team, from left to right: (front) Kaitlin Ruíz, Eunisses Hernandez, Ivette Alé-Ferlito, Titilayọ Rasaki (back) Bryanna Siguenza, Gabriela Vázquez, Megan Castillo, and Leah Perez

OUR
WORK

OUR
WORK

Our work focuses on reducing the scope and power of the judiciary, law enforcement and the legal injustice system. We do this by fighting for a fair and transparent pretrial process, state and local budgets that reflect our values, life-affirming alternatives to incarceration, and judicial accountability.

Our Co-Founders, Eunisses Hernandez and Ivette Alé-Ferlito,  have moved state-level ballot initiatives such as Propositions 64, an initiative to legalize cannabis, and Proposition 47, a successful criminal sentencing reform act. 

At the County-level, La Defensa (our 501 C(4)) led the historic ballot measure, Measure J, now known as the Care First Community Investment, which reallocates 10% of the County’s unrestricted funds toward direct community investment and alternatives to incarceration. The County approved $187.7 in the first year’s spending package. La Defensa has been the lead organization ensuring that the implementation process is equity driven. 

WINNING STRATEGY
& TEAM

WINNING
STRATEGY
& TEAM

OUR
PROJECTS

OUR PROJECTS

In 2021, we launched a website to rate and review active judges in the LA Superior Court System: RateMyJudge.LA. This revolutionary tool has been used by public defenders, community members separated from their loved ones, court staff, and community advocates.