Jennifer Thompson is an advocate for judicial reform and the healing power of forgiveness. Her strong convictions were born of a brutal rape she suffered as a twenty-two year old college student. Her compelling testimony sent a young man to a life term in prison for a crime he did not commit. That man, Ronald Cotton, was eventually freed thanks in large part to newly developed DNA tests which eventually identified the true perpetrator. Together they co-authored a joint memoir, Picking Cotton, a New York Times best-seller, which recounts their journeys and the tragedy that brought them together. They have successfully lobbied state legislators to change compensation laws for the wrongly convicted, to abolish the death penalty, to revise police eyewitness line-up procedures, and for many other causes. She has appeared on Oprah, Sixty Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, The View, NPR, Diane Rheams, People magazine, RedBook, Newsweek, and in other media outlets. Her Op-Eds have appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere. Jennifer and Ronald speak before a variety of audiences about race, class, judicial reform, human error, and forgiveness.
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Mercy Corps Action Center
28 Southwest 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
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