The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
The work of the Innocence Project has led to the freeing of 351 wrongfully convicted people based on DNA, including 20 who spent time on death row, and the finding of 150 real perpetrators.
I first learned about the Innocence Project while doing research on eyewitness error and coerced false confessions for my Master's in Social Psychology and felt inspired to become a lawyer. While my legal career ended up going in a different direction after law school, I am still proud to support this excellent organization in the fight to exonerate wrongfully convicted people.
I am training for a personal best on the course in the NYC Marathon in November, but more importantly, I hope that my fundraising efforts will help the Innocence Project in its mission to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.