About PDP

Peer Defense Project (PDP) is an intergenerational legal project that designs tools to respond to legalized crises of segregation, resource inequity, and the criminalization of young people in New York City. PDP uses legal tools such as litigation, legislation, and public education to address youth–reported resource disparities, advocate for expanded youth protections, and gain the information and power to challenge the systems that impact them. Peer Defense Project works at the intersection of education, civil rights, and political and economic empowerment. Using a movement lawyering approach, PDP designs educational programs, legal services, and political education to expand the legal autonomy, institutional power, and material resources of NYC youth.

Meet our staff:

  • Sarah Medina Camiscoli—Adult Executive Director of Strategy and Development, Attorney
  • Aneth Naranjo Pilco— Youth Executive Director of People Operations
  • Obrian Rosario—Youth Executive Director of Outreach

Learn more about our work:

Read about some of our recent victories on behalf of students and leaders in New York and around the country.


We welcome your questions and comments

Main Office

40 Rector Street, 9th Fl
New York, NY 10006

Telephone: 646.602.5600

Email: pdp@urbanjustice.org


M-F: 10:00AM-6:00PM

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