Last night, the Innocence Project received the national leader for justice award from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in acknowledgement of the organization’s commitment to freeing wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Acclaimed actress and activist Mia Farrow presented the award to Innocence Project co-founders Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld at the ceremony held at the College’s Gerald W. Lynch Theatre.
Other honors went to Leymah Gbowee and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. Gbowee received the global leader for justice award for her devotion to rally women to stop the civil war in Liberia. The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project received the community leader for justice award for its dedication to representing indigent people apprehended in Arizona for immigration removal proceedings.