Nicaraguan officials visit the Miami-Dade Public Defenders Office
Miami, FL August 16, 1999 In an effort to strengthen its
democratic institutions, the government of Nicaragua has sent a team from its
new public defenders organization (La Dirección de Defensores Públicos) to
observe operations in the office of Miami-Dade Public Defender Bennett H.
The visitors are studying the means employed by Mr. Brummers staff to
represent clients and observing attorneys involved in case preparation and jury
trials. The Nicaraguans also are looking at office structure and management of
heavy workloads, protection of the constitutional rights of clients and
promotion of public safety.
The visitors are Dr. Maria de los Angeles Mendoza, director of the agency,
Dr. Maria Esperanza Nieto, sub-director, Dr. Iris Valverde, public defender
coordinator for Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., and Timothy Cornish,
chief of party for Checchi in Nicaragua. The U.S. Agency for International
Development is financing the visit, which will last until Thursday, August 19.
Members of the team will be available for interviews with the news media.