Jorge Linares via Crowdrise
September 24, 2012
BENEFITING: Innocence Project
ORGANIZER: Innocence Project
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Jorge Linares wrote -
I am running the NYC Marathon this year, which will be my 10th year anniversary. I ran the NYC marathon in 2002, 10 days after a major car accident. I had a near death experience that made me change the course of my life. I have always been fascinated by the advances in science. I believe DNA exonerations are but one way that science can be directly applied to social injustices like wrongful convictions. I believe the future looks bright as technological advances tackle social problems.
Professionally, I am a trader, specializing in financial futures. I graduated from Duke University with a B.Sc. in Economics, and a B.A. in Art History. In 2005, I was instrumental in developing Sofia Group Foundation, a private foundation, which gives grants to medical students in Peru. I also founded Ex Vivo Productions, as a creative outlet in order to collaborate with emerging artists.
Innocence Project wrote -
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing.
To date, 292 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.
The Innocence Project’s full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provide direct representation or critical assistance in most of these cases. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.