Television, Stage, and Film Actress and Activist Aisha Hinds Joins Innocence Ambassadors!

03.09.18 By Innocence Staff

Aisha Hinds. Photo: Ashley Nguyen.

Aisha Hinds. Photo: Ashley Nguyen.

The Innocence Project is excited to announce that television, stage and film actress Aisha Hinds has joined our roster of Innocence Ambassadors! Born in Brooklyn, New York, Hinds is an artist whose work focuses on exposing injustice, exploring and expressing spirituality, and paying homage to her culture and ancestry—and beyond.

Hinds’ career began in schools, churches, prisons, group homes, and on the streets of New York City as a cast member with a local Brooklyn-based group of young artists called the Health Watch Players. She got her first big break on the critically-acclaimed drama NYPD Blue. Since then, she has gradually made her mark through appearances on a string of television hits such as ER, CSI: NY, Medium, Boston Legal, The Shield, SG-1, Lost, Judging Amy, Lincoln Heights, Prison Break, Cold Case, NCIS: LA, and more. Her work as a transgender guidance counselor on Law & Order: SVU left an indelible mark on the minds of viewers and inspired producers to submit her performance for Emmy consideration.

“Hinds’ strength and brilliance as an actress and her unapologetic stance on social justice issues is truly inspiring,” said Maddy deLone, executive director of the Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Cardozo School of Law. “Our entire team is very much looking forward to collaborating with Hinds in our mission to highlight wrongful convictions and help reform a broken criminal justice system.”

Hinds has also been a series regular on ABC’s Detroit 187 and Invasion; Showtime’s Hate; Lifetime’s Conspiracy, and Breed on TNT. Her feature film credits have ranged from playing the lone female prisoner in Assault on Precinct 13 to sophisticated and stern attorney in Mr. Brooks. Hinds’ passion for theater led her to the Barrington Stage Company’s original production of The Best of Enemies, playing the autobiographical role of civil rights activist Ann Atwater to critical acclaim and encore performances. She joined the cast of the CBS summer hit series Under the Dome as a series regular in 2013 and also appeared in the films Star Trek: Into Darkness, If I Stay, Gun Hill, and Beyond the Lights. She was critically lauded for her role as Fannie Low Hamer in HBO’s All the Way and appeared as an activist and community leader on FOX’s 10-hour event-series Shot Fired. She was also on WGN’s critically acclaimed hit show Underground, inhabiting the powerful and iconic role of Harriet Tubman, garnering high praises for this revolutionary portrayal.

“It is my privilege to serve as an ambassador for the Innocence Project, an organization I regard with deep reverence and respect for their poignant, powerful, and tireless work to advocate against injustice,” said Hinds. “My heart breaks and bleeds for persons who are wrongly accused and subsequently imprisoned causing great devastation to them and their families. As an ambassador, I hope to offer an additional voice for the chorus of change agents speaking on behalf of the voiceless and vulnerable within the criminal justice system.”

On television, Hinds is currently a series regular on Ryan Murphy’s hit FOX series 9-1-1 and is featured on Anthony Hemingway’s highly anticipated USA series Unsolved, which aired February 27.  She will also be featured in the legendary film Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019).

For the full list of Innocence Ambassadors, click here.

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Verna Campbell March 14, 2018 at 6:14 pm Reply   

My son was wrongfully convicted in Texas..He has been in prison for 23 years..It has been devastating on all of us..His attorney whom I hired after he approached me said he was a criminal lawyering had tried only 2 cases prior..The attorney they appointed him would not even defend him..There are many circumstances in this case..The district attorney talked yo the jury on 2 life was threatened..and a judge court ordered me out of Texas..I asked him why he said to save my life..The judge that was hearing the case told the papers hed hoped my son got justice on the appeals court..but then again they gave him an appeal attorney who had only done oneappeal..The system in this small town is very corrupt..the town’s people year the laws there..many have been set up and convonvicted.. one attorney yold med go give him 40 thoussnd dollars and my son epuldnt do a day..i fidnt have thst kind of money..This was a case agsi st a child..He got 85 years..the da told him to plea to 20 years or he would get 85..My son said he wasn’t eating guilty for some thing he didn’t do even if hed got life..well he hot moire than a life sentence..once the court was over all the attorneys said they convicted the wrong person..the da told me if I hired an appeals attorney he would kill me..They gave mne 30 days to leave town…my house was watched on a daily basis by different cars when I would go out to see who it was they woujkd speed off only to return if the people that worked in the jail was on the jury..Tyhey pick a jury from 200 and some odd people in the whole county..The same people are on the jury all the time..A month after my son was convicted his attorney was arrested and convicted..he was caught with the biggest king pen drug dealer and lots of drugs..he lost his license and was convicted ..and had to do community serviced helping people on drugs..T here was so much injustice served that day..I have begged fir help but no one will help me…There is so much more to tell you..Im hoping you might one else has…

Deborah Porter-Jones March 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm Reply   

I am such a fan of this woman’s work. I hope her presence in this organization can help make a difference and free some deserving people.

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