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Aaron Suganuma

Aaron Suganuma is Executive Director at A Brighter Way, a mentoring and social support program for men and women returning to Washtenaw County from incarceration. He also works as a prison-based substance abuse counselor and is an Executive Board Mem…
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Anlyn Addis

Anlyn Addis was in college thinking about her path in life when she had a chance meeting with a family friend who introduced her to Deborah LaBelle. As an intern at the Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle, she discovered her calling while working on behal…
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Belinda Dulin

Belinda Dulin’s Masters in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State gave her the technical skills to excel in her chosen field, but the hallmark of her tenure as the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center has been to take the DRC out into t…
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Deborah LaBelle

Ask any human rights lawyer to describe Deborah LaBelle and you’ll likely hear tireless advocate, visionary, and groundbreaker, noting that she artfully blends litigation, documentation, and advocacy strategies into an integrated model for reform.…
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Elvir Purovic

Elvir Purovic grew up in an immigrant family in Hamtramck. Following his father’s deportation, Elvir landed in an adult prison at 15 years old. While he was 16 and still incarcerated, Elvir got his GED. Like most children, as he grew older he also…
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Emily Michel

Emily has been interested in the law since a very young age. Rather than an interest in the rules themselves, Emily’s curiosity focuses on why rules exist, where they come from, and if they accomplish their goals. While taking a leave from college…
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Joe Summers

The Rev. Joe Summers has been a community activist since his teenage years. In high school and college, Joe worked for a more just society by getting involved with efforts such as the anti-war movement, the Catholic Worker movement, and the United Fa…
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Katie Pelz Davis

Katie Pelz-Davis isn’t known for sitting around waiting for others to act. She steps in and steps up. After receiving her MSW at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, she cofounded Family Therapy Associates of Ann Arbor in 1980. When sh…
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Marvin Gundy

Marvin Gundy was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised mainly in low-income neighborhoods in central New Jersey. When describing his early years, Marvin talks about the challenging social climate of inner-city poverty and communal peer pressures.…
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Monica Jahner

Monica Jahner is the Program Manager of Advocacy, Reentry, Resources, and Outreach (ARRO), an Ingham County grassroots program working to eliminate barriers faced by people released from prison. When Monica sits down with someone who has recently com…
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Simone Strong

Civil liberties, the freedom to exercise one’s rights as guaranteed by the laws of this country, are not something Simone Strong takes for granted. Simone has been engaged in civil and human rights issues for most of her life, working as a Legislat…

Advisory Board Members

Peg Burns
Judge Timothy Connors
Simone Lightfoot
Dr. Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak
Rep. Yousef Rabhi
Dr. Rosemary Sarri
Delphia Simpson
Mitzi Talon
Alma Wheeler Smith