Investigators Network

The WDA Investigators Network (WDAIN) was created in the fall of 2014 to advance the effectiveness, quality, and availability of indigent criminal defense investigation throughout Washington state.  Members of this group include criminal defense investigators, mitigation specialists, sentencing advocates, and social workers who assist with sentencing advocacy.

Initial WDAIN priorities include

  1. Outreach and recruitment of defense investigators, mitigation specialists, social workers and sentencing  advocated into WDAIN, particularly in regions away from the I-5 corridor.
  2. Promotion of peer networking and expertise-sharing via the WDA Investigator listserv and in-person events.
  3. Development of relevant and accessible training and meaningful accreditation opportunities and scholarships.
  4. Advocacy for appropriate funding of effective indigent defense investigation and sentencing advocacy support.


Join WDA’s Investigator Listerv to communicate with your fellow investigators, mitigation specialists, social workers and sentencing advocates.

WDA IN meets quarterly.  Contact Cindy Arends Elsberry about how to get involved or to participate in training development.

Input from all WDA members will be considered as we hone in on specific projects, programs, and offerings, so please chime in with your thoughts, needs, and ideas. And please share and forward this to stakeholders we may have overlooked.

The WDAIN goal is to ensure that all indigent WA defendants and their attorneys have access to effective investigation and support for sentencing advocacy, in a network that leverages and advances knowledge and performance.