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15th anniversary celebration

November 15th, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Witness to Innocence celebrated its 15th anniversary by honoring the courage and commitment of United States death row exonerees and the powerful partnerships that have fueled our fight.

We hosted two events in Center City Philadelphia:

From Death Row to Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Justice

America's Death Row Exonerees & Allies Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

The National Constitution Center

Featured Speakers:

Kwame Ajamu, WTI Board Chair
Kirk Bloodsworth, WTI Deputy Director
Dearbhla Doyle, European Union
Rob Dunham, Death Penalty Information Center
Henderson Hill, 8th Amendment Project
Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney
Kathleen Lucas, PA for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean, WTI Co-Founder

Ray Krone, WTI Co-Founder
Barry Scheck, Innocence Project

Click here to read about special media coverage of our events, including an interview on WHYY 's Radio Times.


"We are celebrating hope for our country... There is hope in the American people. We must take the fire in our hearts to bring the struggle forward so that no person is sentenced to death."

—  Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

15th Anniversary Evening Celebration

Death Row Exonerees Changing the World

Honoring 15 Powerful Partnerships in WTI's first 15 years

Special Guests:

Larry Krasner, Sister Helen Prejean, Barry Scheck, and over 20 death row exonerees

Look through photos above, watch a brief segment of our feature film showed at the event, and scroll through our digital program book below.

with special thanks to:


Sister Helen Prejean & Ray Krone, co-founders of WTI

Kurt Rosenberg, Executive Director who built WTI


Freddie Lee Pitts, Randy Steidl, Nate Field & Kwame Ajamu; WTI Board Chairs


Dr. Jay Smith, Delbert Tibbs, Greg Wilhoit, Dave Keaton, John Thompson & Clarence Brandley; members we have lost


Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen, authors of "The Exonerated"


Bahiya Cabral-Johnson, Gathering Facilitator & Acting Co-Director


Nancy Vollertsen, first WTI Treasurer & Volunteer Staff Person


Elizabeth Zitrin, fierce advocate who placed WTI on a global stage


8th Amendment Project


Center on Wrongful Convictions


Death Penalty Information Center


Equal Justice USA


European Union


Innocence Project


National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty


Witness Level

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Ally Level
Richard Dieter & Marjorie Roswell
Frank Denny Memorial Fund


Leonard Bernstein
Abraham Bonowitz
Laura Burstein
Karen Clark
Michael Coard
Dana Cook
Maddy deLone
John Holloway
Kathleen Lucas
Nina Morrison
Russell Neufeld
Sue Osthoff
David Rudovsky
Reggie Shuford
Rob Warden
Saundra Westervelt

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