Harlem Representative Espaillat Hosts Virtual Press Conference With The Exonerated Five

April 21, 2021

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. EST, Representative Adriano Espaillat will host a virtual press conference with members of the Exonerated Five.

The event Exonerated Five in recognition of the 32nd year since their case.

Rep. Espaillat and the men will be joined by Democratic Leadership, members of Congress, and advocates to discuss ongoing efforts to address criminal justice reform.

“I am honored to recognize Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise as our nation continues to address ongoing efforts on criminal justice reform,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the case that impacted and forever changed their lives. Theirs is a story that we know far too well, and sadly, theirs is a story that continues to play out all too often in communities across the country. It remains evident that our efforts to reform our nation’s criminal justice system must continue and our calls to reform policing in America must never cease. We must never stop fighting for justice.”

During the press conference, Rep. Espaillat will honor the Exonerated Five and will be joined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat, host
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)
  • Exonerated Five members: Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise
  • Alex Rias, Esq., Sr. Director of Equitable Justice, National Urban League
  • Keith Lilly, Harlem District Leader


  • Virtual Press Conference to address Criminal Justice Reform in America.


  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. EST


Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the north-west Bronx.

First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress.

Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.

He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.

Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

Photo credit: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise awaiting their sentencing in 1990 Wikipedia.

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