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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, hero of Flint Water crisis, to be named ‘Champion of Justice’

DEARBORN, Mich.—ACCESS, the nation’s largest Arab American community nonprofit organization, will present its 2016 Champion of Justice award to internationally recognized Flint-area pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. 

The award will be presented at the ACCESS 45th Annual Dinner, the largest event of its kind in the U.S. with more than 2,000 attendees, taking place on April 23, 2016, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

WHAT: Champion of Justice award presentation at ACCESS 45th Annual Dinner

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

WHO: Hero of Flint Water crisis Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

"As a first generation Iraqi-American, I am honored and humbled to receive this award from ACCESS, an organization that has heroically championed justice for decades,” said Dr. Hanna-Attisha. “What happened in Flint is a story of profound injustice; however, Flint is full of champions that are fighting every day for a brighter tomorrow. Our work is just beginning.”

Dr. Hanna-Attisha is widely recognized as the whistle-blower who forced the state of Michigan to acknowledge toxic levels of lead in Flint’s water supply, and has been the voice of the children of Flint throughout the crisis. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other media outlets championing the cause of public health and encouraging others to join her in providing assistance to Flint’s residents.

 “We are honored that Dr. Hanna-Attisha will be joining us at our 45th Annual Dinner,” said Hassan Jaber, ACCESS Executive Director. “Her tireless advocacy on behalf of the people of Flint is a tremendous inspiration not only to all of us at ACCESS, but to communities across the nation. There is no one more deserving of our 2016 Champion of Justice award.”

To learn more about the dinner, follow the links below or visit

For more information on the ACCESS Annual Dinner, contact Nissrine Hussein at 313-842-4748, or at Tickets are available here until Wednesday, April 20.

*Media interested in attending must check in at registration the day of the dinner.



Grounded in a grassroots commitment to serving our community, ACCESS has a 45-year history of providing health, education, employment and social services.  An Arab American nonprofit of excellence, ACCESS empowers communities in Southeast Michigan to improve their economic, social and cultural well-being and extends this mission nationally through advocacy, arts, culture and philanthropy.