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NEWSLETTER: George Perrot's one-year anniversary of freedom clouded by prosecutors' intent to appeal; Women’s March unifies voices across cities; is a border wall obsolete?; Boston area 15-year-old fell prey to sex trafficking; South Bay jail looms large for undocumented immigrants; & more!
NEW! Interview with Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., on International Women's Day.

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FUND FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM & SCHUSTER INSTITUTE ANNOUNCE SOCIAL JUSTICE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING GRANTS & FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

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The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University are pleased to announce the winners of our nationally competitive journalism initiative funded by the Ford Foundation, with the express goal of increasing diverse and inclusive voices and topics in investigative journalism. Lisa Armstrong, Michele Chabin, Lottie Joiner, Jaeah Lee and Linda Matchan were selected as FIJ Schuster Institute Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellows and will receive grants and fellowships to conduct their investigative reporting. The two selected as Investigative Journalism Rising Stars are Sonia Paul and Stacy Thacker. Read more here.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: George D. Perrot celebrates one year of freedom. Judge Robert J. Kane overturned Perrot's rape conviction, then released him on his own recognizance Feb. 10, 2016. Perrot had already served 30 years in prison. The appeal deadline for prosecutors is April 10. The Schuster Institute has been investigating Perrot's claims of innocence since October 2011. Read more about the case.

Watch our video! 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.

Read the most recent column by the Boston Globe's Yvonne Abraham about Angel Echavarría's ongoing quest for justice, "Now free, Angel Echavarría wants answers," Sept. 4, 2016. Our recap is here: "Can Angel Echavarría reclaim any justice?"

DIRECTOR NAMED NEW CHAIR OF I.F. STONE MEDAL SELECTION COMMITTEE

Schuster Institute Founding Director Florence Graves has been named the new chair of the I.F. Stone Medal selection committee. This committee chooses the winner of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, an award presented annually by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and its Nieman Watchdog Project. Read more here.

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