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As an historic and truly transformational initiative, the Fair Michigan Justice Project (Justice Project) is a collaboration between Fair Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. This collaboration focuses on homicides and other capital offenses committed against members of the LGBTQ community.
Former assistant prosecutor, Jaimie Powell Horowitz was appointed as a Special Prosecutor and former police chief, Vicki Yost was appointed as a Special Investigator by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. In their capacities with Fair Michigan and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office they investigate and prosecute crimes against members of the LGBTQ community, especially those which are “cold” or those where witnesses or LGBTQ community members may be reluctant to come forward. The networking ability and outreach of Fair Michigan’s Director of Transgender Outreach, Julisa Abad, helps us to reach potential witnesses and resolve difficult cases.
This effort is funded by Fair Michigan at no cost to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Fair Michigan is a 501(c)(3) and is actively seeking funding to ensure the Justice Project’s longevity and success. This is a truly unique opportunity to collaborate in the delivery of justice to the LGBTQ community. The partnership between Prosecutor Worthy of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and Fair Michigan is one of the first of its kind in the nation and will advance the cause of criminal justice and public safety in Metro Detroit.
Members of the Justice Project team are working hard to protect the LGBTQ community against bias and hate crimes. The Justice Project is actively investigating, preparing, and prosecuting cases involving LGBTQ victims who have been targeted based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This roster of cases includes a number of unsolved homicides and felonious assaults of transgender women and gay men in the Metro Detroit area. Most of these cases included use of a weapon.
Every day we hear from more victims of hate crimes. Every day we hear from people that would like us to come to their communities to help set up similar programs.
Justice Project representatives go to areas where crimes were committed, make connections, talk to people and let them know they are there to help. They go to the victims and witnesses and listen to their stories in their communities where they feel most comfortable. As a result, the Justice Project has frequently been the first call victims have made after experiencing a hate crime.
In a little more than a year the Fair Michigan Justice Project has secured eleven convictions for hate based crimes against members of the LGBTQ community.
Please help us support this vital and unprecedented effort by making a contribution to Fair Michigan today!
Partial list of convictions obtained by the Justice Project:
People v. Edwards – Felonious Assault and Felony Use of a Firearm.
People v. Porter – 3rd Degree Child Abuse.
People v. Thornton – First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Unlawful Imprisonment.
People v. Higgins – Extortion.
People v. Wade – Felonious Assault.
People v. Hogan – Assault with Intent to Murder, Felony Use of a Firearm.
People v. Williams – Assault with Intent to Murder, Felony Use of a Firearm.
People v. Nathan – Felonious Assault (2 counts).