Who We Are

Absolutely Innocent, Inc. was founded by Zulay Velazquez, Shabaka, Shakur, and Exoneree, Wrongful Conviction Activist, in July 2015.

Zulay Soto-Velazquez
Wrongful Conviction Activist
President and Co-founder

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Zulay Velazquez is a wrongful conviction activist. Her passion for the issue of wrongful convictions stems from her marriage to Jon-Adrian Velazquez (http://www.freejonadrianvelazquez.org/) and is currently fighting to prove his innocence. Though they are no longer together, Zulay decided to continue her activism for this important cause. She started her work in February 2012 and has since organized awareness marches, supported exonerees in court and attended panel discussions, homecomings, documentary screenings and speaking engagements. She also currently has an active caseload of families and advocates she works with on a continual basis. Read more…

Shabaka Shakur, Exoneree
Wrongful Conviction Activist
Co-founder

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Shabaka Shakur is an exonoree who served 27 and 1/2 years in the New York State maximum security prison system for a double homicide he did not commit. During that time Shabaka was able to obtain a college degree and took legal classes to better understand the law. He obtained a job in the prison law library as a law clerk and after numerous years of litigating on his own behalf, was able to re-open his case for review. Read more…