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Angel Echavarría marks the one-year anniversary of his exoneration, files a civil rights law suit, and gets married—all in the same week! > more


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boston-globe-logo  Read Yvonne Abraham's most recent column about Angel Echavarría's ongoing quest for justice, "Now free, Angel Echavarria wants answers" by Yvonne Abraham, Sept. 4, 2016 (print version: "An apology is not enough")

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: See video above! A wedding, an anniversary & a civil rights lawsuit: On the one-year anniversary of his June 15, 2015, exoneration, Angel Echavarría filed a civil rights lawsuit. After 21 years in prison, Echavarría is enjoying spending time with his new wife and five adult children — and he is seeking compensation for his long ordeal. Read more here.

George D. Perrot's 24-year-old rape conviction was overturned Jan. 26 and he was freed Feb. 10. On Feb. 23, prosecutors appealed the judge's decision granting a new trial. The Schuster Institute has been investigating Perrot's claims of innocence since October 2011.Read more about the case.

FIJ Schuster Institute diversity initiative


Through a collaboration underwritten by a Ford Foundation grant, The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University have joined forces to broaden opportunities for independent investigative reporting by women and journalists of color. Four independent, U.S.-based reporters with strong proposals to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues will be selected. Read more.

At the 2016 NABJ NAHJ convention in Washington, D.C., FIJ and the Schuster Institute participated in a panel on finding funding for investigative journalism projects. Read more.

NEWSLETTER: Angel Echavarría and George Perrot honored at Innocence Network Conference; the International Criminal Court and Kenya; inmates in private prisons are dying from medical neglect but feds keep renewing contracts; Schuster Institute adoption investigations featured in international handbook; myth of the virgin rainforest; and more!
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Join us for two Events with Renowned Investigative Journalist Wolfgang Bauer

Stolen Girls: Inside Boko Haram

Thursday, September 22nd 12-2pm in the Faculty Club Lounge, Brandeis Campus

Thousands of women and children are held by the terrorist organization to this day. In July 2015 Bauer spent two weeks interviewing girls who were able to escape. His book will be coming out in English in February: Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story. Boko Haram Co-sponsored with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Across the Sea. Why Refugees' Fate Concerns All Of Us

Thursday, September 22nd 7:00 pm at the Goethe Institut in Back Bay

Bauer​ went undercover and accompanied​ refugees fleeing for their lives from war-torn Syria.

Refugees Event BostonHe was with them in their hideouts in Egypt, on the boats across the Mediterranean, on the streets of Europe.

With Schuster Institute Director Florence Graves, responding.

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Co-sponsored with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.


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