By Jessica Almeida
In conjunction with the fall meeting, the Service Committees for LLNE and SNELLA partnered up to raise funds for the New England Innocence Project (NEIP). Since 2000, the NEIP has been promoting criminal justice reform and exonerating the wrongfully convicted in the New England area. To date, the NEIP has helped free 70 wrongfully convicted individuals through the use of DNA testing, questioning of faulty eyewitness testimony, and revealing the misconduct of the police. To read their stories, go to http://www.newenglandinnocence.org/new-england-exonerees/.
Thanks to the generous donations of our members, the LLNE Service Committee is pleased to announce that $3,850 was raised to help NEIP provide legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted in the New England area. This amount was matched anonymously, so a total of $7,700 was donated to this worthy cause. This is the most money the Service Committee has ever raised for one cause and we couldn’t have done it without the kindness and generosity of our members. A special thanks to Kathy Ludwig and her father, Bruce Williams, for their substantial donation. For more information on the New England Innocence Project or if you would still like to donate, please see their website at http://www.newenglandinnocence.org/.
Thank you to Nicole Dyszlewski and the rest of the Service Committee for organizing the New England Innocence Project Drive. The LLNE Service Committee is always looking for more volunteers! If interested, go to http://llne.org/committees/service/.