Human Rights, Mental Illness, and the Death Penalty
Maria DeLiberato is the Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP), the only statewide single-issue organization dedicated to ending Florida's death penalty. Ms. DeLiberato is also an Assistant Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Clearwater. Before joining the Public Defender's Office in 2019, Ms. DeLiberato spent more than 12 years at Capital Collateral Regional Counsel – Middle Region (“CCRC-M”), a state agency dedicated to representing indigent capital defendants in their state and federal post-conviction appeals. In this role, Ms. DeLiberato handled dozens of post-conviction appeals, including litigation in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s ever-changing lethal injection protocol.