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Mary DeFusco, Esq.

Mary DeFusco

Director of Training and Recruitment

Defender Association of Philadelphia

As a distinguished Public Defender with over thirty years of experience, Ms. DeFusco serves as the Director of Training and Recruitment for the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Aside from her formal duty, Ms. DeFusco continues to represent clients in court, namely Project Dawn Court. Ms. DeFusco co-founded Project Dawn Court in 2010, which is uniquely geared towards problem solving for victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Through Project Dawn Court, Ms. DeFusco is able to collaborate with the judiciary, prosecutors, and social service professionals to address victim needs. Outside of court, Ms. DeFusco actively engages in raising community and judicial awareness on the issues surrounding prostitution, sex trafficking, and exploitation.

In further pursuit of her philanthropic interests, Ms. DeFusco co-founded Dawn’s Place, a local residential program committed to providing survivors of commercial sexual exploitation with the critical social enhancement, life skills, therapy, and educational services necessary for their full recovery. Today, Ms. DeFusco serves on the Board of Directors for Dawn’s Place. Ms. DeFusco serves as an Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy at both Villanova and Temple University Schools of Law. In addition she has been an instructor, an Assistant Team Leader, and a Co-Team Leader for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 1991.

Ms. DeFusco received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been an Advisor on our Board since 2014.

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