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Speaking Engagements

Mr. Melendez is a uniquely dynamic and exceptional speaker who shares an inspirational personal story of human resilience, courage, faith, and hope. His legal case highlights the pervasive problems that exist in the death penalty system, such as its unreliability and its unfair and unequal application to people “of color” and the poor. His story of injustice is so powerful that it profoundly impacts people all across the political spectrum.

Schools

In New Mexico alone, Mr. Melendez has spoken to over four thousand school children. Within his presentations, Mr. Melendez incorporates a powerful anti-violence message in which he underscores the critical importance of making good choices and rejecting violence and vengeance. He also encourages children, as citizens in a democracy, to become involved as advocates to create a society that will ensure justice for all people. Although every child is captivated by his presentation, troubled youth connect particularly closely with him and Mr. Melendez speaks regularly at juvenile detention facilities.

Faith Venues

At churches, synagogues and other faith venues, Mr. Melendez shares his extraordinary “faith journey” as an innocent man on Florida ’s death row. The buzz of excitement and enthusiasm following his faith presentations is always quite remarkable. Mr. Melendez contends that he was saved from execution by “miracles,” “by the grace of God.” His devoted mother was literally on her knees for seventeen years, eight months and one day, praying for a miracle that her son would be set free. It was her unwavering Christian faith and belief in her son’s innocence that provided Mr. Melendez with hope that one day he would prove his innocence and be released from death row.

Universities/Colleges

At law schools and in university or college classes, Mr. Melendez’s “brilliant” and “thought-provoking” presentations highlight the pervasive and endemic problems of the death penalty. One law professor has described Mr. Melendez as a “living testament to the injustice of capital punishment” and explained that his “talk is infinitely more effective than anything I could teach my students.” A communications and journalism professor stated that hearing his story was “an amazing experience that we will never forget” and that Mr. Melendez’s “story is one that needs to be heard by everyone.”

Conventions, Conferences and Symposia

Mr. Melendez has spoken at numerous conventions, conferences and symposiums, including the Second World Congress Against the Death Penalty, in Montreal, Canada, October 2004, the national LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) convention in San Antonio, July 2004, Capital Defense Seminar, Monterey, March 2004, Amnesty International national conferences, New York, 2004 and Atlanta, 2003 (keynote speaker), and NCADP (National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty) national conferences in Washington D.C., October, 2004 (keynote speaker) Nashville, October 2003 and Chicago, October 2002 (keynote speaker).

To arrange for Mr. Melendez to speak at your venue, please contact Ms. Judi Caruso at 505-362-1784 or judi@hotspare.com, director Juan Melendez Voices United for Justice Project.

Past Events Calendar, Fall 2004 | Click for 2005

Saturday, September 18: Juan Melendez speaking engagement at home of Jane Davis, Director of Hope-Howse, in Santa Fe at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, September 20: Juan Melendez speaking engagement at West High School, Salt Lake City, Utah at 10:30 a.m. and at

Granger High School , Salt Lake City , Utah at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 20: Public speaking event, Utah State Labor Union Center, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21: Juan Melendez interview with La Prensa, (Ingrid Quiros) followed by media interview with Salt Lake City Tribune.

Tuesday, September 21: One hour radio talk show with Troy Williams, KRCL radio, Salt Lake City, Utah at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21: Juan Melendez speaking event at 6:00 p.m., University of Utah School of Law, Salt Lake City . Panel event with attorney Judi Caruso, Professor Dan Medwed and attorney Jennie Anderson.

Wednesday, September 22: Juan Melendez speaking event at Brigham Young University School of Law, Provo, 12:00 noon

Wednesday, September 22: Juan Melendez speaking event at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Olpin Student Union Theatre at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 23: Juan Melendez televised interview with Telemundo 9:00 a.m., Salt Lake City, Utah .

Friday, September 24: Juan Melendez interview with El Hispano weekly newspaper at 9:00 a.m., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sunday, September 26: Juan Melendez speaking event at the adult forum of the First Unitarian Church 9:30 a.m., Albuquerque, New Mexico .

Monday, September 27: Juan Melendez speaking event in Denver, Colorado .

Tuesday, September 28: Juan Melendez speaking event at University of Colorado at Boulder, sociology class at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 28: Juan Melendez speaking event in Denver .

Wednesday, September 29: Juan Melendez speaking engagement

in Denver .

Friday, October 1: Juan Melendez speaking engagement at 10:30 a.m. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico (political science class).

Friday, October 1: Speaking engagement at Holy Family Church,

Deming , New Mexico at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 2: Speaking engagement at 3:00 p.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Las Cruces New Mexico .

Monday, October 4: Juan Melendez presentation at University of New Mexico School of Law at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Panel event includes Barak Wolfe, murder victim’s family member, attorneys Gary Mitchell and Judi Caruso.

Wednesday, October 6: Juan Melendez presentation at Second World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Montreal, Canada at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 6: Juan Melendez public speaking event at Concordia University at 1:00 p.m., Montreal .

Thursday, October 7: Juan Melendez presentation as panel member at Second World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Montreal, Canada at 10:00 p.m. Panel consists of exonerated, families of executed and families of murder victims.

Friday, October 8: Juan Melendez presentation at Magill Law School, Montreal, Canada at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 9: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso participate in Second World Congress Against the Death Penalty protest march. Juan addresses crowd of several thousand at end of march.

Sunday, October 10: Leity Sunday at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Juan Melendez presents lay sermon at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 12: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso presentation to University of New Mexico human rights class: 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Thursday, October, 14: Juan Melendez presents keynote speech at NCADP national conference in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, October 16: Exonerees workshop at NCADP national conference, Washington, D.C. Juan Melendez presents with Kirk Bloodsworth and Joe Amrine.

Tuesday, October 19: Juan Melendez speaking event with Bill Pelke of Journey of Hope . . .from Violence to Healing, St. Mary’s College, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 20: Juan Melendez presentation at Gettysburg Area High School, Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania .

Thursday, October 21: Juan Melendez presentation at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania .

Saturday, October 23: Juan Melendez participates at 5:15 p.m. Mass, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Farmington, New Mexico

Sunday, October 24: Juan Melendez participates at 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 (in Spanish) Masses, St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Monday, October 25: Juan Melendez public speaking engagement at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 29: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso participate in telephonic radio show with Rick Vassallo (CIUT radio) Toronto , Canada 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 4: Juan Melendez presentation to University of New Mexico sociology class, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dane Smith Hall, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thursday, November 4: Telephonic radio show with Blaze Bonpane, public radio, Los Angeles, California . Guests include Juan Melendez, Judi Caruso and death penalty attorney, Melissa Hill.

Tuesday, November 9: Juan Melendez presentation at Capshaw middle-school, Santa Fe , New Mexico at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 9: Juan Melendez presentation at Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, New Mexico at12:00 noon

Wednesday, November 10: Juan Melendez speaking engagement at University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 11: Juan Melendez presentation at University of Wyoming School of Law, Laramie, Wyoming at 12:00 noon

Thursday, November 11: Faith event featuring Juan Melendez, Laramie, Wyoming 7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 15: Juan Melendez presentation to sociology students at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, November 15: Juan Melendez presentation at Texas Tech University School of Law 12:00 noon .

Monday, November 15: Live interviews with Fox and Telemundo,

Lubbock , Texas , 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 17: Radio Interview, Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso with Mary-Charlotte Domandi at KSFR radio, Santa Fe, New Mexico at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 18: Public speaking event, Santa Maria de la Paz church, Santa Fe, New Mexico at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 20: Interfaith speaking engagement at 7:00 p.m., Nahalat Shalom, Albuquerque, New Mexico at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 21: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Bernalillo , New Mexico at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 25-Saturday, December 3: Juan Melendez participates in speaking events throughout Rome, Italy, and surrounding communities with the Comunita di Sant’Egidio.

December, 14: Juan Melendez testifies at hearing in New York city to determine whether the state of New York should amend its unconstitutional death penalty statute or abolish the death penalty.

December, 15: High-School event at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High-School, Brooklyn , New York 12:00 noon .

December, 15: CBS “forty-hours”interview with Juan following school presentation, scheduled to air in February.

December 15: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso meeting with New York Assemblyman Joe Lentol at 2:00 p.m., Brooklyn, New York . Also in attendance, Laura Porter and Jeff Liff, New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty.

December, 16: Hispanic press conference: 11:00 a.m.

December 16: Temple Event (Rabbi Blickstein), New York , New York : 8:00 p.m.

 

Calendar Year 2005

February, 2: Juan Melendez speaking engagement 5:00 p.m.

Freedom Forum Conference Room, Al Neuharth Media Center , University of South Dakota , Vermillion

February, 3: Juan Melendez speaking engagement at Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, South Dakota at 11:00 a.m.

February, 3: Juan Melendez speaking engagement at University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota at 5:00 p.m.

February, 4: Juan Melendez presentation in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County Courthouse at 9:00 a.m.

February, 7: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso presentation to Human Rights class at University of New Mexico School of Law.

February, 8: Juan Melendez presentation to journalism and communications class, University of New Mexico, 11:00 a.m.

February, 10-March 3: Juan Melendez in Florida . See www.cuadp.org for details of schedule.

March, 5: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso present at University of Toronto School of Law—Human Rights Spin Law Conference

11:00 a.m.

March 5: Juan Melendez presentation at Toronto Town Hall, 7:00 p.m. Public event sponsored by Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CCADP) and Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC).

March 6: Juan Melendez speaks at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, Toronto, 11:00 a.m.

March 7: Juan Melendez presentation to journalism class at University of Berkeley, Berkeley, California .

March 8: Juan Melendez presentation at University of San Francisco School of Law, 12:00 noon .

March 8: Juan Melendez presentation at Bannan Center for Jesuit Education, University of Santa Clara, 7:00 p.m.

March 9: Juan Melendez breakfast presentation at Santa Clara Unviersity.

March 9: Juan Melendez presentation at Stanford School of Law,

4:00 p.m.

March 10: Interview with Claudio Serrano of “el Semanario,”

Albuquerque , New Mexico .

March 11: Juan Melendez presentations at Albuquerque High School (two presentations: 8:30-9:30 , 10:30-11:30 ), Albuquerque , New Mexico .

March 11: Interview with Juliana Henao, “la Voz del Norte.”

March 12: Juan Melendez presentation at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, confirmation retreat, Albuquerque, New Mexico, at 2:00 p.m.

March 13: Juan Melendez presentation at Santa Maria de la Paz

Catholic Church, Santa Fe , New Mexico , 7:00 p.m.

March 14: Juan Melendez presentation at Rio Rancho High-School, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

March 15: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso interview with Australian Broadcasting Company, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

March 18: Juan Melendez presentation at Cibola High School,

Albuquerque , New Mexico at 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

March 28: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso presentation at

Pitzer College , “Race, Space and Place” class, Claremont , California at 1:00 p.m.

March 28: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso presentation at

Pitzer College , “Sociology of popular music” class, Claremont , California at 6:00 p.m.

March 29: Juan Melendez presentation at University of Southern California School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 12:00 noon

March 29: Juan Melendez presentation at University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 6:00 p.m.

March 30: Juan Melendez presentation at Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 4:00 p.m.

March 31: Juan Melendez presentation at Point Loma Nazarene College, San Diego, California at 6:00 p.m.

April 1: Juan Melendez presentation at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, at 1:00 p.m.

April 6: Juan Melendez presentation at Stronghurst Alternative

High School, Albuquerque , New Mexico , 9:00 a.m.

April 6: Juan Melendez presentation at Cochiti Pueblo elementary and middle school, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, 1:00 p.m.

April 6: Juan Melendez presentation at Bernalillo Juvenile Justice Building, Albuquerque, New Mexico (SNAP program for delinquent youth), 4:00 p.m.

April 7: Juan Melendez presentation at Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, at 12:00 noon .

April 14: Juan Melendez two presentations at Fort Lewis College,

Durango , Colorado at 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.

April 15: Juan Melendez presentation at San Juan Community College, Farmington, New Mexico at 1:00 p.m.

April 18: Juan Melendez presentation at Cibola High-School, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

April 20: Juan Melendez presentation at Dakotan Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota at 1:00 p.m. followed

by conference panel at 3:00 p.m. (with viewing of “the Empty

Chair” and discussion).

April 30: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso participate as board members at National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s

board meeting.

Upcoming events

May, 14: Lifelines conference, Birmingham , England . Juan Melendez will present keynote speech at 10:00 a.m.

May, 15: Juan Melendez presentation at BPB School of Law,

London , at 3:00 p.m. (together with showing of “Deadline”)

May, 16: Juan Melendez speaking engagement at St. Ethelburga’s

Peace and Reconciliation Centre, London , 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

May, 17: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso presentation at University of St. Louis campus, Madrid , Spain at 1:00 p.m.

May 18: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso presentation in Wuppertal , Germany , location TBA.

May 23: Press Conference (PRACLU), Puerto Rican Bar Association, San Juan , Puerto Rico at 10:00 a.m.

May 24: Panel Conference, Teatro, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico , San Juan , Puerto Rico at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact William Ramirez, director Puerto Rican ACLU at puertoricoaclu@cs.com.

June 15, 2005: Juan Melendez presentation to political science classes at University

of Texas, El Paso, 9:00 a.m. 

 

June 15, 2005: Juan Melendez presentation at El Paso Diocese, sponsored by

El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty, El Paso, Texas, 6:00 p.m.

 

July 25, 2005: Juan Melendez and Judi Caruso presentation to peace studies class at

Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 9:00 a.m. (also presenting Jack-Payden>

Travers, Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty www.vadp.org).

 

July 25, 2005: Juan Melendez presentation to lawyers at Dickson, Shapiro, Morin &

Oshinsky law firm, Washington D.C., 2:30 p.m.