Mission & Vision

The mission of the Art of Freedom Foundation is to unite humanity, shine a light on injustice, work with lawmakers to achieve prison and sentencing reform, and champion the voices of the wrongfully convicted until freedom comes. 


“It weighs heavily on my mind that we need change in the system, so my mind is not at peace until we get something done.”
– Valentino Dixon


The vision of the Art of Freedom Foundation is a dedicated, collective humanitarian effort to achieve a reformed justice system that is equal, fair and just for all. We also envision a world in which every innocent person will be exonerated and immediately released.


“The story of Valentino’s wrongful conviction and exoneration is both outrageous and inspiring. Our criminal justice system failed Valentino, but the perseverance of a golf magazine and three undergraduate students set him free.”
– Marc Howard, Director of Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative


“The system should recognize that the system is not perfect and let’s not let somebody suffer just because we don’t want to admit that one of the players in the system made a mistake.” – Jim Ostrowski, Buffalo attorney who worked alongside Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative fighting for Dixon’s freedom


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