International Women’s Day | Meet Kate Germond, Wrongful Conviction Warrior.
In light of International Women’s Day, I would like to highlight the work of a remarkable woman who has dedicated her life to fighting injustice as a wrongful conviction warrior. Kate Germond is the Executive Director and chief Investigator at Centurion Ministries, which is probably the first innocence organization in the nation, if not in the world. Centurion began their work of freeing the innocent from prison almost a decade prior to the first Innocence Project that was started by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992.
The Innocence world (the community of wrongful conviction warriors, innocence organizations and the like) is filled with hard working, dedicated, and passionate women – most of them having sacrificed greatly to commit their lives to fighting for the indigent, the maligned, the disgraced, the forgotten wrongfully convicted. I, myself, have the great pleasure to know and see their work in action in the likes of California Innocence Project Staff Attorneys, Raquel Cohen, Alissa Bjerkhoel, and Audrey McGinn. There are so many women in this field deserving of recognition, so it wasn’t easy to land on just one. But I happened very recently upon this video of Kate Germond’s TED Talk, and I was struck by its simplicity in message; it left a profound impact on me. I’m honored to share her talk with you.
Please take a few minutes to hear her speak of the incredible work she and her organization does, and the monumental task of fighting against the stubborn juggernaut of the criminal justice system. Her words reminded me of just how opposed to change the system is. She reminds us all just how miraculous is each and every exoneration, and why Innocence work is so tedious and difficult. Though the work is fraught with frustration, you can see that she loves her job, and our world is a better place because of it.
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