Founders

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Zulay Velazquez
Wrongful Conviction Activist
President and Co-founder

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.

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Shabaka Shakur, Exoneree
Wrongful Conviction Activist
Co-founder

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. With the assistance of renowned attorneys, Ronald L. Kuby and Leah Busby, Shabaka’s case was overturned and the charges dismissed and in 2015 Shabaka Shakur was finally freed. Once freed, Shabaka began working as a paralegal at a law firm and set his mind to helping others who have also been wrongfully convicted. Establishing Absolutely Innocent, Inc. was the realization of Shabaka’s dream to fight against the injustice of wrongful convictions.