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2012 Courageous Truth

Second Annual Courageous Truth Award

Nominations for Innocence Matters Second Annual Courageous Truth Award  are now open. We invite you to nominate  an extraordinary individual who has courageously followed the truth wherever it led him or her, no matter how painful or inconvenient it might have been. Nominations will remain open through February 24, 2012.  The Innocence Matters Board will hold a special meeting to choose which nominee will receive the award and will announce our decision on March 1, 2012.  The 2012 recipient will be honored at our Courageous Truth Award ceremony, tentatively scheduled for April 16, 2012.  Event details will be posted here by March 15, 2012.

The selection criteria, nomination form and information on past recipients are posted below.  Those interested in volunteering for our Planning Committee can find information here.

Selection Criteria

The ideal nominee for this award is someone who:

  • took extraordinary steps to fight for the truth;
  • in the face of significant opposition and/or pressure to conform;
  • which resulted in bringing us all closer to the truth; and
  • whose story inspires us all to be better people.

Courageous Truth Nomination Form  

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Interns Stephanie Cho and Diana Guerrero are co-chairing our Courageous Truth Award and Hungry for Justice Planning Committees this year.

The committee is comprised of two board members and five interns/volunteers.  We are currently recruiting to fill the remaining CTA/HJ committee openings.  If you would like to help, please contact us with details on your availability and event planning experience.


2011 Recipient
Jennifer Thompson
Co-author of The New York Times bestseller Picking Cotton