One of the Central Park Five, Yusef Salaam, joins Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project, and local criminal justice reform advocates, for a compelling dialogue regarding the restoration of human rights post-incarceration and the impact incarceration has on mental and emotional health, lifelong earning potential, and relationships. In partnership the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the event is free and open to the public. Dr. Yusef Salaam On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. They became known collectively as “The Central Park Five.” Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven and thirteen years of their lives behind bars. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked to any of the five, had finally met its owner, a convicted murderer and rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever. Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. In 2013, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the film “The Central Park Five,” which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts. In 2014, The Central Park Five received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its grievous injustice against them. Yusef was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that same year and received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama. Carroll Bogert Carroll was previously deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, running its award-winning global media operations. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Carroll spent twelve years as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek in China, Southeast Asia, and the Soviet Union.
“What’s the Story?” is a new monthly speaker series, hosted by The Marshall Project, featuring prominent Americans as they explore how they create and disrupt narratives around criminal justice. The series' first breakfast convening will feature Sherrilyn Ifill in conversation with Grover Norquist. Moderated by Bill Keller, Editor of The Marshall Project, and featuring an introduction by Weldon Angelos. Sherrilyn Ifill is the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Grover Norquist is the is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), and also advocates for criminal justice reform. Weldon Angelos is a justice reform advocate based in Salt Lake City. He served 12 years of a 55-year sentence for selling small amounts of marijuana. The series is sponsored by the Public Welfare Foundation.
lease join us for a conversation centering the experiences of people intimately familiar with the United States criminal legal system. Taking a human rights-based approach, this event rests on the premise that bearing witness to the harms caused by the racism, inequality, and unfairness of this system is a necessary prerequisite to addressing them. The event will feature a series of short film interviews with people directly touched by the system; a moderated conversation with some of the film’s interviewees; and an audience Q & A. Light refreshments will be served. This event is organized by The Marshall Project in collaboration with NYU School of Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law and Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Panelists: Deborah Popowski, Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Neil Barsky , Chairman and Founder, The Marshall Project Vincent Southerland, Executive Director of NYU Law's Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law Amanda David, Assistant federal defender, the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. Ismael Nazario, Formerly incarcerated prison reform advocate and Analyst, The Fortune Society Francis Greenburger, President & Founder, Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice
Join Power of Narrative and The Marshall Project for a screening and panel discussion of "We are Witnesses," a collection of 19 video stories from people who have had firsthand experience with the American criminal justice system. To RSVP for this free event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.