Illinois Innocence Project

Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted

The Latino Initiative

LAUREN K WGNTV Latio proj InterviewLauren Kaeseberg, Legal Director, IIP Chicago Office, was interviewed by Lourdes Duarte on WGN-TV – Adelante Chicago about the Latino initiative that is part of the Bloodsworth Grant the project received from the United States Department of Justice.

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One mission of the Illinois Innocence Project is…To educate the public and provide important educational and experiential opportunities for students about wrongful convictions.

The Illinois Innocence project’s presentations about working for the wrongfully convicted has received invitations to share the program with various groups. Beyond its many local presentations, the project has worked with police cadets in Illinois and shared the project’s program with other universities at a national conference in Utah.

Police Training Institute

University of Illinois



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COPLAC 2016 Annual Meeting

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah


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9th Annual Defenders of the Innocent Event

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[Kirk Bloodsworth’s Story]

On April 30 the Illinois Innocence Project celebrated 15 years of working for the wrongfully convicted. Enjoying the evening were students, staff, volunteers, and supporters both present and past. Guest speaker was Kirk Bloodsworth sharing his amazing story as the first person freed from death row through DNA evidence. Kirk concluded the evening sharing the stage with the introduction of nearly twenty exonerees in attendance from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Meet them here.

View this amazing program courtesy of our local supporter.

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Illinois Innocence Project Welcomes New Attorneys









The Illinois Innocence Project is thrilled to announce that Lauren Myerscough-Mueller and Adam Kaney have joined the IIP team of attorneys. Lauren and Adam will be handling actual innocence DNA cases under our federal grant focusing on Latino and guilty plea cases. They bring tremendous passion to their work, as well as critical experience as defense attorneys in private practice and public service. Join us in welcoming Lauren and Adam to the Illinois Innocence Project.

9th Exoneration  –  January 29, 2016

Teshome Campbell was exonerated after spending 18 years in prison

TC ReleaseOn Christmas morning 1997, a group of men fatally beat another man in Champaign, IL. Teshome, who was 21 at the time, was implicated through faulty eyewitness testimony. Despite maintaining his innocence from day one, and the fact that no physical evidence linked him to the crime, Teshome was tried for first-degree murder.

His story continues….


Exploring the Innocence Movement

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

GwenJordan_003Here’s your chance to learn about the Innocence Movement and wrongful convictions. UIS sponsors a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), taught by our own staff attorney and Legal Studies professor, Gwen Jordan! It features interviews with exonerees, innocence attorneys, student interns, and community volunteers. The course is self-paced and open to anyone. Enroll in the course today

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