The Story of Innocence Project of Texas

Innocence Project of Texas was founded in 2006 by two criminal defense attorneys, current Executive Director Mike Ware and Jeff Blackburn, who volunteered their time to free the innocent. Since that time, IPTX has grown to be one of the leading innocence organizations in the country having exonerated or freed 27 people.

IPTX is dedicated to correcting past injustices, preventing future wrongful convictions, and giving hope to people who feel that they are out of options. As a nonprofit organization, IPTX relies on community support to free the innocent, reform criminal justice practices, and educate the public about wrongful convictions.

 

  • Group photo with Anna Vasquez.
    Source: Innocence Project of Texas
  • Willie Thomas Office Visit
    Source: Innocence Project of Texas

Our Mission

  • Restore

    Liberty That Was Taken
    Unjustly

  • Reconnect

    Families Torn Apart By
    Injustice

  • Defend

    Freedom In Our
    Democracy

  • Promote

    Accuracy & Integrity In Our
    Criminal Justice Process

  • Prevent

    Wrongful Convictions
    From Occurring

OUR STAFF

  • Headshot of Mike Ware

    Mike Ware

    Executive Director

  • Headshot of Allison Clayton

    Allison Clayton

    Deputy Director

  • Headshot of Mel LeRoy

    Mel LeRoy

    Managing Director

  • Headshot of Jessi Freud

    Jessi Freud

    Senior Staff Attorney

  • Headshot of Caitlin Gilbert

    Caitlin Gilbert

    Staff Attorney

  • Headshot of Anna Vasquez

    Anna Vasquez

    Director of Outreach & Education

  • Headshot of Ryan Hamilton

    Ryan Hamilton

    Operations Manager

  • Jena Parker

    Certified Paralegal

  • Donna Hill

    Intake Administrator

  • Headshot of Kim Moore

    Kim Moore

    Paralegal, Board Certified in Criminal Law

OUR BOARD

  • Headshot of Lael Brodsky

    Lael Brodsky

    President

  • Cory Session

    Vice President

  • Headshot of Monty Free

    Monty Free

    Treasurer

  • Headshot of Danielle Rohr

    Danielle Rohr

    Secretary

  • Headshot of Elsa Alcala

    Elsa Alcala

    Member

  • Headshot of Stefanie Alexander

    Stefanie Alexander

    Member

  • Headshot of Bruce Anton

    Bruce Anton

    Member

  • Jeremy Blackman

    Member

  • Headshot of Michelle Staubach Grimes

    Michelle Staubach Grimes

    Member

  • Headshot of Naomi Howard

    Naomi Howard

    Member

  • Headshot of Chi Miller

    Chi
    Miller

    Member

  • Headshot of Johnny Pinchback

    Johnny Pinchback

    Member

  • Somil Trivedi

    Member

  • Headshot of Jenny Saphier

    Jenny Saphier

    Member

  • Headshot of Gary Udashen

    Gary Udashen

    Member

  • Headshot of Chauntelle Wood

    Chauntelle Wood

    Member

Systemic Failures Have Wrongly
Imprisoned Thousands of
Innocent Texans.

The Generosity of Their Fellow Citizens Can Provide Them
The Freedom They Deserve.

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