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By Aria Jones

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Houston Hustle

Project 2013-07-19 03:40:09 +1200

WHY PLEDGE ME?

I have elected to undertake an internship in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., working for - The Gulf Region Advocacy Centre (GRACE) "an independent, client-centered, Houston-based charity that provides high quality capital defense to indigents facing the death penalty," (http://gracelaw.org/). My internship will span three months, during which time I will have to fully support myself financially (GRACE interns volunteer their help, they do not get paid for their work). I want to raise $3,500 over the next two months to cover the cost of my flights and accommodation.

ABOUT GRACE

The key factor in GRACE's work is the mitigation process. During this process there is a chance to tell the life story of the defendant to the jurors or judge, to provide a narrative of the mitigating circumstances that led them to court. This can have a crucial influence on the sentencing decision as the contextual setting can emphasise the humanity of the defendant. In an interesting article by Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker), Scharlette Holdman, a pioneer in the field, describes the importance and difficulties of the mitigation process: 

“It requires not just knowledge and skill but experience in how you search for, identify, locate, recognize, and preserve the information.” Since the lives of death-penalty defendants often feature a tangle of pathologies, including drug addiction and sexual abuse (sometimes by family members), it’s not easy to draw out those stories, much less present them in court. “The fact that someone tells you that story in their living room is a long, long way from getting them to tell you that story in a public courtroom.”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/09/110509fa_fact_toobin?currentPage=1


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Pledgers 30

Aria Jones
2013-09-16 09:25:35 +1200
Kirsty Gendall
2013-09-12 18:21:03 +1200
Patricia McKenna
2013-09-11 20:37:17 +1200
Oliver Mannion
2013-09-10 21:08:34 +1200
Sue
2013-09-10 16:03:48 +1200
Amy
2013-09-10 01:16:14 +1200
Sarah
2013-09-06 17:23:29 +1200
Shonagh Lindsay
2013-09-06 12:26:53 +1200
Peter Gendall
2013-09-03 07:50:04 +1200
Ngaire Jones
2013-08-29 21:08:28 +1200
Pierre
2013-08-27 15:32:21 +1200
William McDonald
2013-08-25 18:19:09 +1200
matt
2013-08-22 22:12:26 +1200
J
2013-08-22 19:53:50 +1200
James bradfield
2013-08-22 19:14:06 +1200
Marieke Pastor
2013-08-22 16:28:44 +1200
Raukura Turei
2013-08-16 15:27:53 +1200
Jenny Gill
2013-08-14 20:37:04 +1200
Julia
2013-08-13 17:57:25 +1200
Tam Tam
2013-08-06 23:56:27 +1200
Jessie Graham
2013-08-03 11:47:33 +1200
Wallace Green
2013-08-03 05:54:50 +1200
Omar Hamed
2013-08-02 20:25:03 +1200
morgana
2013-08-02 17:26:57 +1200
Renee
2013-08-01 21:31:45 +1200
Shannon Harding
2013-07-29 17:19:06 +1200
Peter Salmon
2013-07-28 13:34:02 +1200
maryjane oreilly
2013-07-27 04:22:54 +1200
Jonathan Burgess
2013-07-27 01:51:36 +1200
Kirsty Gendall
2013-07-26 17:32:24 +1200

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Project 2013-07-19 03:40:09 +1200

WHY PLEDGE ME?

I have elected to undertake an internship in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., working for - The Gulf Region Advocacy Centre (GRACE) "an independent, client-centered, Houston-based charity that provides high quality capital defense to indigents facing the death penalty," (http://gracelaw.org/). My internship will span three months, during which time I will have to fully support myself financially (GRACE interns volunteer their help, they do not get paid for their work). I want to raise $3,500 over the next two months to cover the cost of my flights and accommodation.

ABOUT GRACE

The key factor in GRACE's work is the mitigation process. During this process there is a chance to tell the life story of the defendant to the jurors or judge, to provide a narrative of the mitigating circumstances that led them to court. This can have a crucial influence on the sentencing decision as the contextual setting can emphasise the humanity of the defendant. In an interesting article by Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker), Scharlette Holdman, a pioneer in the field, describes the importance and difficulties of the mitigation process: 

“It requires not just knowledge and skill but experience in how you search for, identify, locate, recognize, and preserve the information.” Since the lives of death-penalty defendants often feature a tangle of pathologies, including drug addiction and sexual abuse (sometimes by family members), it’s not easy to draw out those stories, much less present them in court. “The fact that someone tells you that story in their living room is a long, long way from getting them to tell you that story in a public courtroom.”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/09/110509fa_fact_toobin?currentPage=1


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Aria Jones
2013-09-16 09:25:35 +1200
Kirsty Gendall
2013-09-12 18:21:03 +1200
Patricia McKenna
2013-09-11 20:37:17 +1200
Oliver Mannion
2013-09-10 21:08:34 +1200
Sue
2013-09-10 16:03:48 +1200
Amy
2013-09-10 01:16:14 +1200
Sarah
2013-09-06 17:23:29 +1200
Shonagh Lindsay
2013-09-06 12:26:53 +1200
Peter Gendall
2013-09-03 07:50:04 +1200
Ngaire Jones
2013-08-29 21:08:28 +1200
Pierre
2013-08-27 15:32:21 +1200
William McDonald
2013-08-25 18:19:09 +1200
matt
2013-08-22 22:12:26 +1200
J
2013-08-22 19:53:50 +1200
James bradfield
2013-08-22 19:14:06 +1200
Marieke Pastor
2013-08-22 16:28:44 +1200
Raukura Turei
2013-08-16 15:27:53 +1200
Jenny Gill
2013-08-14 20:37:04 +1200
Julia
2013-08-13 17:57:25 +1200
Tam Tam
2013-08-06 23:56:27 +1200
Jessie Graham
2013-08-03 11:47:33 +1200
Wallace Green
2013-08-03 05:54:50 +1200
Omar Hamed
2013-08-02 20:25:03 +1200
morgana
2013-08-02 17:26:57 +1200
Renee
2013-08-01 21:31:45 +1200
Shannon Harding
2013-07-29 17:19:06 +1200
Peter Salmon
2013-07-28 13:34:02 +1200
maryjane oreilly
2013-07-27 04:22:54 +1200
Jonathan Burgess
2013-07-27 01:51:36 +1200
Kirsty Gendall
2013-07-26 17:32:24 +1200

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This campaign was successful and got its funding on 16/09/2013 at 9:25 AM.