Roundtable: “Building a Blueprint…” (Nov. 30, 2017)

Source: En Vero English
November 30, 2017


Building a Blueprint: What can we learn from our successes against false imprisonment to better serve the innocents?

The 2017 CPA Meeting was held on June 22-24, 2017 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York.

There are many assumptions when it comes to working with people who have been unjustly imprisoned or detained. One assumption is that once a person is arrested—even if innocent—there is no way for the person to be released. Another assumption is that in countries such as Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, the local authorities and legal system are too corrupt to be seen as partners. Within the work of envero, we know that both of these assumptions are not true. However, despite our successes, the numbers of innocents that are currently behind bars is alarmingly too high. This roundtable will shed light on the falsely accused who are still waiting for justice to be served. Is there a commonality between victims that makes them susceptible to false arrest? We will also explore the genesis of false arrests in hopes of providing an end to the practice. And finally, we will look at the successes of the falsely accused being released. What can we learn from those cases and the work of people on all sides to ensure justice was served?