Fair Michigan Justice Project
As an historic and truly transformational initiative, the Fair Michigan 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 assists in reaching potential witnesses and resolving 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 Fair Michigan 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.
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.
The Fair Michigan Justice Project secured its first conviction for a hate based felonious assault against a member of the LGBTQ community on September 2, 2016.