2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Alexander Blocker

The Bronx Defenders
Legal Advocate, Civil Action Practice
Bronx NY
Alexander Blocker is a civil legal advocate at The Bronx Defenders, where he represents clients in recovering seized property, accessing public benefits, securing temporary housing, and other needs. Since joining in 2015, Alex has assisted hundreds of clients in retrieving money, cars, and other property held by NYPD and prosecutors for civil forfeiture or criminal proceedings. Alex is also part of the team in Encarnacion v. City of New York negotiating and monitoring reforms around seized property, and he is a coordinator of the police misconduct clinic. Alex came to The Bronx Defenders from Congresswoman Donna Edwards’s office, where he worked on proposals to abolish the federal death penalty and restrict access to firearms, among other issues. Alex is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he majored in Political Science and was named a Philip Evans Scholar.