Darrell Cannon is the Outreach Director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center. Darrell engages torture survivors and their family members to participate in Center activities. Darrell is one of the most well-known torture survivors who has courageously spoken out about the torture he endured at the hands of Area 2 Detectives and while incarcerated at Tamms Correctional Center, a supermax prison in Illinois. On November 2, 1983, Darrell was threatened with a gun, subjected to “Russian” roulette, and continuously subjected to racial epithets by Sergeant Jon Burge. The torture was committed to elicit a confession, and this confession was subsequently used to wrongfully convict him of murder. Darrell subsequently served close to 24 years in prison, 9 years at Tamms Supermax Prison, before he was exonerated and released.
Christine Haley is the founding Executive Director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC). Christine provides executive leadership to CTJC and leads the implementation of the strategic vision of the Center. In the early 2000s, Christine was an organizer with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty which sought to expose the Burge Torture cases. Christine has over 18 years of experience within the nonprofit and public sectors. Prior to CTJC, Christine spent six years as the Associate Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) Illinois Program. She managed projects related to “Moving On” from supportive housing, coordinated access with homeless populations and served as a liaison with the Child Welfare & Supportive Housing Resource Center. Before CSH, Christine served as the Associate Director of Supportive Housing Programs for Heartland Alliance. Christine spent five years in the public sector with the City of Cleveland and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.