BENEFITING: Innocence Project
I have been profoundly interested in the theory of social justice ever since I was a little girl. My mother and grandmother were active agents of inspiration in my education, career and philanthropy work which I particularly focused on areas of economics and law. However, the union of my interests in both fields far exceeds their intersection.
During my internship with the public defender’s office in Queens, NY, I observed that funding was and remains to be appallingly inadequate. I witnessed the economic disparities of inner city communities and the extreme difficulties of legal recourse in terms of affordable attorneys and paralegals. Further, there is a lack of outreach assistance programs for the underprivileged and working class that are in desperate need of legal representation. I believe there is much needed improvement in the field of public defense law when handling crimes in disenfranchised communities. Repairing mistakes that have already been made and reassessing a legal framework that has barriers for many would be a step in the right direction.
The Innocence Project is a legal clinic that provides direct representation and critical assistance to the wrongfully accused. Redirecting the focus on exonerating those whom may benefit from new forensic technologies and DNA testing/retesting to prove wrongful convictions.
The organization aims to achieve social justice on an economic, legal and scientific platform for all persons that are constitutionally guaranteed a fair trial. Showing, not only, the social impact, but also the legal implications that all these variables have on proving the innocence of the wrongfully accused. If not combined, they then create the powerlessness, voicelessness and the social exclusion of so many Americans in terms of rendering a fair and just verdict.
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Does an innocent man have the right to be exonerated?
Something has gone very wrong when an innocent man is convicted of a crime that he has not committed.
An innocent man loses his freedom wrongfully.
A guilty man has avoided arrest.
A similar conduct happens because of the legal system’s mistake.
There is no justice served for both victims (the crime victim and the wrongfully accused)
...and the courts, finding no bad faith by the government, had condoned it all.