The Illinois Innocence Project invites you to the

10th Annual Defenders of the Innocent Event

Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” exonerated by DNA after being wrongfully convicted for the brutal rape and assault of a woman who became known as the “Central Park Jogger” 

Sharonne Salaam, mother of Yusef, who fought tirelessly to prove her son’s innocence

Charles Palmer, IIP’s 10th Exoneree, released on November 23, 2016

5:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvre and Cocktail Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

$100 individual reserved seat
$900 reserved table of 10
Help free the innocent by becoming an event sponsor!

Registration deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017

register now

2017 Defender of the Innocent Award Recipients

Mike Schlosser
Director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute

Kevin P. Caraher
Attorney at Cozen O’Connor in Chicago

Sheila Stocks-Smith
President, Urban Action Network


  • When

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Central Time

  • Where

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel
    3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
    Springfield, Illinois 62703

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