IPNW's Annual Benefit & Awards Dinner
Stand for Innocence is IPNW's annual spring benefit and awards dinner. The evening honors annual award recipients and features inspiring stories of those who regained their freedom through the efforts of IPNW, our pro bono partners and donors.
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Highlights from the 2017 Stand for Innocence Benefit & Awards Dinner
" When I was in that cell, I realized that until they killed me, I was still my own person. They couldn't imprison my mind, my spirit or my heart." -- Keynote Speaker Peter Pringle
2017 Keynote Speakers
Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs
Imprisoned 17 years. Sunny was sentenced to death at the age of 28 for the murder of two police officers in Florida. A mother of two, Sunny’s children ended up in foster care after her arrest. It would take another 17 years before Sunny’s conviction was reversed and she was freed in 1992. Her story became part of the award-winning play The Exonerated. Sunny is also the author of Stolen Time: One Woman’s Inspiring Story as an Innocent Condemned to Death, and she is featured as one of 100 remarkable women in the recent anthology Poems That Make Grown Women Cry.
Imprisoned 15 years. In 1980 Peter was convicted of murdering two police officers after a bank robbery in Ireland. He was sentenced to be hanged before Ireland abolished the death penalty. Days before his scheduled execution, Peter’s death sentence was commuted, but he still faced a 40-year sentence. Immersing himself in legal books, Peter appealed his case and was ultimately exonerated after 15 years in prison. In addition to his work as an activist, Peter is a beloved Moth participant and his story is featured in the 2017 book The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Innocence Project Northwest thanks the following generous donors who made generous gifts and in-kind contributions to support the 2017 Stand for Innocence Benefit & Awards Dinner and to help us continue freeing the innocent in Washington.
20th Anniversary Visionary Sponsor
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Mike & Patti Frist
MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
Lacey O'Malley Bail Bond Agency
Alan & Shawna Northrop
Butler Beschen Law, PLLC
Carey & Lillevik, PLLC
D&G Backhoe, Inc.
Davis Wright Tremain LLP
Bill Gales & Jackie McMurtrie
Gordon & Saunders
UW Clinical Law Faculty
Janet & Ned Delmore
Nicole Mitchell & Joe Pierce
Andy Morris, Seattle Vacation Home
Selman Breitman, LLP
Kevin & Julie Curtis
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Human rights advocate Alejandra Gonza is Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at UW School of Law. Her recent successes as co-counsel on two wrongful convictions in Mexico represent a growing recognition of wrongful convictions worldwide. Working through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and engaging in tireless media advocacy, Ale helped secure the release of U.S. citizen Nestora Salgado of Seattle, an indigenous leader persecuted and arbitrarily detained in Mexico after she returned to her hometown to help combat cartel violence. Ale was also instrumental in freeing Mexican Ananias Laparra who had been tortured into confessing to a murder he did not commit and was wrongly imprisoned for 12 years. Working through the Inter-American Commission, Ale negotiated a settlement that led to monetary support for Ananias and his family, a public apology and recognition of innocence by the government of Chiapas, and an agreement to implement legal reforms there to prevent future wrongful convictions.