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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]On October 2nd, we dedicate this day as, Wrongful Conviction Day (WCD). 

International Wrongful Conviction Day was launched by Innocence Canada on October 2, 2014. Wrongful Conviction Day was the idea of Win Wahrer, co-founder and Director of Client Services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), now Innocence Canada. On this day, we honour the wrongfully convicted and spread awareness regarding their personal testimonials. Innocence Groups and other organizations from around the world undertake activities to raise awareness about wrongful convictions worldwide. Landmarks across Canada and elsewhere in the world illuminate in yellow and white to draw attention to this important day of recognition and validation. 

Innocence Groups headquartered around the world are committed to identifying, advocating for, and helping in the exoneration of individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime, which they did not commit. Likewise, these groups help alleviate future wrongful convictions through awareness, education and justice system reform.The Wrongly Convicted Committee (WCC) along with the exonerees shed light on how their lives have been impacted after being wrongfully convicted-during their process of implementation back into society. WCD is to educate society on the injustice that these individuals have experienced, demonstrating the primary causes of wrongful convictions. Likewise, we want to inspire more individuals to advocate for the wrongfully convicted by taking part in aiding with a smoother transition into the community and creating a platform for them to voice their stories. On this day, we want to motivate individuals to show their support for the wrongfully convicted, and stand together conveying the various struggles that they have endured. 

Innocence Canada marked the 6th Annual Wrongful Conviction Day on October 3rd, 2019 with an intimate cocktail and dinner in Toronto, Ontario. The evening focused on the wrongly convicted with three awards being presented to selected supporters of the cause.The Rubin Hurricane Champion of Justice Award  was given to an individual or group who has in some significant way helped champion the cause of the wrongly convicted. Past recipients include: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (2015), Peter Meier (2016), Joyce Milgaard (2017), Marlys Edwardh (2018), and Paul Copeland and Justice Melvyn Green (2019).The Tracey Tyler Award was given to an individual or group who through various social media outlets- news media, documentary, film, article, body of work- helped to expose wrongful convictions. Past recipients include: Tracey Tyler (2015), Rachel Mendleson (2016), CBC Fifth Estate (2017), Tim Bousquet (2018), and Avery Haines, Madeline McNair and CTVW5 (2019).The Donald Marshall Junior Award was presented annually to an exoneree who has shown great courage, determination, tenacity and endurance in the journey to prove their innocence. It can also be given to a family member who sacrificed, and actively remained in the course of proving their relative’s  innocence and never gave up the good fight. The Inaugural Award was presented in 2018 post-humously to Donald Marshall Jr. Other recipients include: Marie Coffin Stewart (2019).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]On October 2nd, we dedicate this day as, Wrongful Conviction Day (WCD). 

International Wrongful Conviction Day was launched by Innocence Canada on October 2, 2014. Wrongful Conviction Day was the idea of Win Wahrer, co-founder and Director of Client Services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), now Innocence Canada. On this day, we honour the wrongfully convicted and spread awareness regarding their personal testimonials. Innocence Groups and other organizations from around the world undertake activities to raise awareness about wrongful convictions worldwide. Landmarks across Canada and elsewhere in the world illuminate in yellow and white to draw attention to this important day of recognition and validation. 

Innocence Groups headquartered around the world are committed to identifying, advocating for, and helping in the exoneration of individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime, which they did not commit. Likewise, these groups help alleviate future wrongful convictions through awareness, education and justice system reform.The Wrongly Convicted Committee (WCC) along with the exonerees shed light on how their lives have been impacted after being wrongfully convicted-during their process of implementation back into society. WCD is to educate society on the injustice that these individuals have experienced, demonstrating the primary causes of wrongful convictions. Likewise, we want to inspire more individuals to advocate for the wrongfully convicted by taking part in aiding with a smoother transition into the community and creating a platform for them to voice their stories. On this day, we want to motivate individuals to show their support for the wrongfully convicted, and stand together conveying the various struggles that they have endured. 

Innocence Canada marked the 6th Annual Wrongful Conviction Day on October 3rd, 2019 with an intimate cocktail and dinner in Toronto, Ontario. The evening focused on the wrongly convicted with three awards being presented to selected supporters of the cause.The Rubin Hurricane Champion of Justice Award  was given to an individual or group who has in some significant way helped champion the cause of the wrongly convicted. Past recipients include: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (2015), Peter Meier (2016), Joyce Milgaard (2017), Marlys Edwardh (2018), and Paul Copeland and Justice Melvyn Green (2019).The Tracey Tyler Award was given to an individual or group who through various social media outlets- news media, documentary, film, article, body of work- helped to expose wrongful convictions. Past recipients include: Tracey Tyler (2015), Rachel Mendleson (2016), CBC Fifth Estate (2017), Tim Bousquet (2018), and Avery Haines, Madeline McNair and CTVW5 (2019).The Donald Marshall Junior Award was presented annually to an exoneree who has shown great courage, determination, tenacity and endurance in the journey to prove their innocence. It can also be given to a family member who sacrificed, and actively remained in the course of proving their relative’s  innocence and never gave up the good fight. The Inaugural Award was presented in 2018 post-humously to Donald Marshall Jr. Other recipients include: Marie Coffin Stewart (2019).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]