Arch City Defenders in conjunction with St. Louis Action Counsel, Decarcerate STL, and the Bail Project with work together to build a community bail project that combines bailouts with creative organizing, participatory defense, and advocacy to build community power and develop a campaign aimed at decreasing the local jail population in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sima Atri is an Iranian-Canadian immigrant and lawyer dedicated to supporting radical community-led organizing work. She has worked in support of communities resisting against incarceration, deportation, and displacement through direct representation, litigation, and policy support and is also involved in international peace/justice work. Sima graduated from Harvard Law School and worked in support of the work of the Congress of Day Laborers and Stand with Dignity in New Orleans. Sima has now joined the Arch City Defenders’ team in St. Louis focusing on movement support, civil rights litigation, and direct representation of individuals criminalized based on their poverty. Follow Sima on Twitter @simaatri.