The Hawaii Innocence Project: Achieving Justice Through Training and Staffing

The Hawaii Innocence Project (HIP) is a member of the Innocence Network, a coalition of organizations from across the United States that are dedicated to achieving justice and freedom. Kenneth Lawson, of the HIP, has stated that exoneration cases can take up to 10 to 15 years before an innocent person is finally released. To ensure that their staff is well-equipped to handle such cases, the HIP regularly partners with leaders in diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism spaces in education, training, and staff programming and leadership. The HIP team is composed of experienced professionals from various backgrounds. Isabel has five years of experience working at a personal injury law firm before joining the HIP team.

Kyana brings her passion for social justice and criminal justice reform to the HIP. Liz is excited to work for an organization as motivated and impactful as the HIP and looks forward to supporting their goals of creating a fairer and more equitable justice system. Robyn Trent Jefferson has had a diverse career as a litigation and real estate paralegal for more than 34 years before joining the HIP. Bhavan comes to the HIP with extensive experience in the field of innocence, having served as legal director of Innocence Canada, where she is now a member of its Case Review Committee and its Executive Board.

Susan was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and a Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project attorney in D. C. before working at The Legal Aid Society. The HIP offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package to its staff members. This package includes fully paid individual medical, dental and eye insurance, a flexible spending account, a 401k plan with a 6% company contribution, paid disability and family care leave, reimbursement for adoption and fertility expenses, and transportation benefits paid by the company. In less than two decades, the Hawaii Innocence Project has helped four people gain their freedom.

With their commitment to training their staff members in diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism spaces in education, training, and staff programming and leadership, they are sure to continue their mission of creating a fairer and more equitable justice system.

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