The Empower Me Project is a non-profit education and legal aid organization led entirely by women with a focus on assisting and empowering marginalized women and victims of domestic violence in an effort to alleviate legal barriers that may hinder their independence. The Project’s first Women’s Resource Fair and Legal Clinic was held on December 14, 2019 at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn. The Project was a collaboration of the Empower Me Project, Wayne County Friend of the Court, ACCESS, Zaman International, First Step, Lakeshore Legal Aid, and Michigan Legal Help, all of whom provided critical information on resources available through their programs.
The event was a huge success with 12 volunteer attorneys who provided legal consultations to attendees. Also available were information panelists Judge Charlene Elder and Zenell Brown of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court, Semaa Shlebah from ACCESS, and Ramzi Badwi from Michigan Legal Help. Areas of law covered included immigration, family law, landlord/tenant, social security/disability, criminal defense, and driver’s license restoration. Beaumont Health and the Lebanese American Medical Society were on hand to provide free health screenings.