NYCDS Forensic Social Worker Group

The causes and collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement frequently go beyond the legal realm. NYCDS has an exemplary team of forensic social workers who advocate for our clients from a socio-ecological perspective and who assist them as they navigate complex legal and social service systems. Our social workers also support our clients as they address substance abuse, mental illness, family and community upheaval, and financial and housing hardships by collaborating with agencies throughout New York. Strong forensic social work is a critical component of any indigent defense office. The exceptional unit at NYCDS is an invaluable asset in achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.