Presentation: Legal Video Advocacy 101

Legal Video Advocacy 101

When we talk about Legal Video Advocacy at WITNESS, we’re referring to using video as a tool for lawyers, advocates, and incarcerated individuals seeking lesser sentences, clemency, and parole. As we’ve seen in many areas of human rights work, video can help people see the humanity in someone who they might not otherwise connect with. Video can also help people control their own narrative and highlight elements of their personal story, and help bring the voices of family or community members into a courtroom to speak to the character and value of an individual who is facing time in prison. And most importantly for a clemency or parole board, video can communicate a person’s transformation and their remorse in ways that written documentation can fall short. Learn more about our Legal Video Advocacy program here.

About this presentation

This presentation is for advocates, lawyers, filmmakers and anyone interested in using video as a storytelling tool for helping an incarcerated individual seek clemency, parole or sentencing mitigation. Use this to inform your own work, or as a foundational template to train others. The presentation can be done in about 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on how much time you want to leave for hands-on exercises.

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