No one should go to prison -- or be in prison -- for a crime they did not commit. To the folks at the New England Innocence Project (NEIP), it is that simple. That is why NEIP works on policy changes and public education to prevent wrongful convictions, and that is why NEIP identifies and helps people all across the New England states who are actually innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted.
Victor Rosario is one of the people who NEIP has helped throughout the years. Victor spent 32 years in prison for the crimes of arson and murder, crimes he did not commit. NEIP worked with Victor's attorneys to support his legal battles, and on September 13, 2017, he was finally exonerated!
During his decades-long ordeal in prison, Victor became a marathon runner - a task that required him to run 76 laps inside the prison. In 2014, when he was first released, Victor and one of his lawyers, Lisa Kavanaugh, helped NEIP to form the Running for Innocence team to help raise money and awareness for its work, and to help others still in prison to pay for the types of investigators and experts needed to achieve their freedom. In the four years since its creation, the team has grown to include more than 50 runners who have participated in running events of various distances and worked together to raise money and awareness for this important cause. This will be the team's fourth year participating in the Genesis Battlegreen Run, and we hope to make it our most successful year yet. We have set our sights high, hoping to raise $10,000 by November 3. The money raised in this campaign will ensure that the many men and women whose wrongful convictions NEIP is working to overturn have a fighting chance to achieve justice and freedom.
Please consider supporting NEIP's goal by making a donation today. And if you too love running, please consider joining our team by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.