Hoda Amine and Deborah LaBelle will receive Susan B. Anthony Community Awards from UM-Dearborn

April 14, 2010

DEARBORN / April 14, 2010---Hoda Amine, director of the Family Domestic Violence Intervention Program in her private practice Dearborn Counseling Services, and Deborah LaBelle, an attorney, professor, writer and advocate, will receive Susan B. Anthony Community Awards from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

UM-Dearbornís Commission for Women presents the Susan B. Anthony Community Award annually to members of the local community whose lives and deeds exemplify the dedication, fortitude, political agitation and involvement of Susan B. Anthony on behalf of women.

Amine and LaBelle will receive their awards during a dinner ceremony on Thursday, April 15 at UM-Dearbornís Fairlane Center South Building.  The event begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and reception, followed by dinner and an awards program.  

A community activist and humanitarian supporting and fighting for justice for women, children and the elderly, Amine served as a delegate in 2004 for the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and traveled to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon to meet with Queen Rania of Jordan, the first ladies of Syria and Lebanon, and many other dignitaries and NGOs.  

In addition, Amine has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 ADC Hala Maksoud Activist Award; the Spirit Award from Wayne County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; the 2003 Loretta Moore Award from the National Organization for Women; and the 2002 Woman of the Year Award from Henry Ford Community College.
Amine is a long-time active member of UM-Dearbornís CASL SOAR Advisory Board.  She also was featured in the Detroit News as one of ďFive of a KindĒ women who make a difference in their communities in 2002.  Amine is a member of numerous local, national and international humanitarian and human service organizations.  

LaBelle has served as lead counsel in more than a dozen class action cases that have successfully challenged policies affecting the treatment of incarcerated men, women and juveniles and their families.  She has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and in international forums. In her most recent case, LaBelle reformed the law to prevent the rape and abuse of women in a prison in Michigan, a case that prompted the jury to offer an apology to the women on behalf of the people of the state of Michigan.

LaBelle was the first American recognized by Human Rights Watch as a Human Rights Monitor for her work on behalf of incarcerated women and girls.  Her publications on the topics of human rights of women in detention include Women at the Margins, Neglect, Punishment and Resistance; Ensuring Rights for All:  Realizing Human Rights for Prisoners in Bringing Human Rights Home; and Bringing Human Rights Home to the World of Detention.

LaBelle is a Senior Soros Justice Fellow and, in addition to her private practice, director of the American Civil Liberties Unionís Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative.  In addition, she is a recipient of Michiganís State Bar Champion of Justice Award and received the National Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from Public Interest and National Lawyer Guild, Law for the People.  

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