Celebrate Vera’s 58th Year of Fighting for Justice

For 58 years, the Vera Institute of Justice has been a leader in the fight to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities in America. Today is Vera Day when we are excited to celebrate the anniversary of our founding in 1961 and renew our commitment to pursuing justice for all.

Since Vera’s inception, our mission has remained consistent: to work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.

We pursue these goals in several ways—by researching problems that impede justice, piloting innovative and transformative solutions, engaging diverse communities, and harnessing the power of data and evidence to drive effective policy and practice.

Despite current national threats to justice, dignity, and the rule of law, we remain optimistic and determined. After 58 years, we see a broad and bipartisan movement to reform our broken justice system that is now stronger than ever. With increased attention to our issues, and new tools in-hand, we’re finding innovative ways to drive impact.

  • We’re fighting to end the criminalization of poverty in New York, where we are working to pass the most progressive bail legislation in the country.

  • We’re fighting to ensure that everyone is guaranteed due process and protection under the law, with our SAFE Network – a group of cities and counties providing publicly funded representation for people facing deportation.

  • We’re fighting to end the incarceration of girls and transgender/ gender-nonconforming youth—particularly youth of color—by building stronger, safer, and more equitable communities where they are no longer criminalized for the violence and discrimination they face.

  • And, we’re fighting to radically transform incarceration in America by replacing punishing practices with an approach that prioritizes compassion, healing, opportunity, and hope. One example: we’re waging a national campaign to repeal the federal ban on Pell Grants for students in prison.

Times may have changed, but our commitment to justice has remained steadfast. This Vera Day, we hope you will stand with us and consider contributing, so we can continue driving change and fighting for equal justice.

Nick Turner
President, Vera Institute of Justice

P.S. We are sharing Vera’s milestones from the past 58 years, and you can follow along on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also help us raise $5,800 for our 58th birthday on Facebook.

Last edited by Courtney.   Page last modified on March 25, 2019

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