Terri Steinberg

August 16, 2014

Terri is a member of Virginians for Alternatives for the Death Penalty, Journey of Hope from Violence to Healing and is proud to be a part of Catholic Mobilizing Network Speakers Bureau.

Terri Steinberg lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband and is the mother of four wonderful children,and the grandmother to 2 precious little boys. She has worked in Labor and Delivery at the local hospital for the past 30 years. She was raised Catholic, graduated from Bishop O’Connell in Arlington and sent her 4 children to Catholic elementary school. As a community and school volunteer, she was your average ‘mom,’ coaching cheerleading and driving a minivan. She was taught to respect life and believed that meant all life. She had never given the death penalty much thought because it did not make any sense to kill another human being. And like most, she also did nothing about it. That was then.

In July 2002, Terri’s oldest child, Justin Wolfe, was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. Justin had just turned 20, and was the youngest person on Virginia’s death row. She was shocked and devastated, but determined to fix this horrible mistake. Since then, Terri has worked with Journey of Hope founder Bill Pelke and with murder victims family members, speaking widely and often about the healing power of forgiveness and the devastation for families and distruction of community that comes from the US death penalty system. It is through sharing her story that Terri is able to give purpose to the pain her family suffers by the cross they carry in the fight for their brother.

Contact Terri at info@catholicsmobilizing.org.