Embracing Human Dignity

Highlights from Vera's 13th Annual Gala

On April 29, 2019 justice reform leaders and supporters joined the Vera Institute of Justice for our 13thAnnual Gala, Embracing Human Dignity. Vera was proud to honor Loretta Lynch, 83rd Attorney General of the United States, and our Board Chair John F. Savarese, Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Special thanks to Zachary Carter for his presentation of our award to Attorney General Lynch; to Shyquinn Dix, whose story highlighted the important work that Vera is doing to improve life behind bars; and to NBA Champion Caron Butler, for his introduction of Shyquinn. Thanks as well to our emcee, Lester Holt, and lastly, to The Musicambia Ensemble, Samora Pinderhughes, and Cameron Holmes, for their performances.

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this special evening.

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Embracing Human Dignity
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Nicholas Turner
President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice
Loretta Lynch
83rd Attorney General of the United States
John Savarese
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Chair, Board of Trustees, Vera Institute of Justice
Caron Butler
NBA Champion; ESPN College Basketball Analyst; author, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA
Shyquinn Dix
Student, University of Maine at Presque Isle; former mentee, T.R.U.E Community at the Cheshire Correctional Institution, Connecticut
Lester Holt
Anchor, NBC Nightly News & Dateline NBC


Bringing our community together in this way benefited thousands of people, and I hope that it will be the foundation of even more good to come.
Nicholas Turner
Vera President & Director

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