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Justice Brandeis Law Project

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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Without greater diversity in journalism, some very important stories are never pitched, some assignments never made, facts never gathered, and serious abuses of power never uncovered.

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.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: 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.

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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How eight ordinary citizens risked everything to expose injustices in J. Edgar Hoover's secret FBI. Watch video of the event.


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