Washtenaw County announces new Economic Justice Unit

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ANN ARBOR – The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office has established a new unit dedicated to economic justice.

Multiple actions fall under economic justice, defined by the Prosecutor’s Office as holding “those who unlawfully impose economic harm accountable.”

According to a news release, the Economic Justice Unit will pursue a number of subject areas, including:

“When someone hurts our neighbors, it hurts all of us,” reads a release by the Prosecutor’s Office. “Whether that harm is physical or financial, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office stands ready to hold those who do harm accountable.”

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit tweeted about the new unit on Monday, sharing that it has been a year in the making. He said partners on the project include the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, University of Michigan Law, the Public Rights Project and Huron Valley ALF.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Economic Justice Unit to:

  • Report instances of economic harm or other issues
  • Request the unit speak at your organization or provide know-your-rights materials

The unit can be reached via email at economicjustice@washtenaw.org, by calling 734-222-6620, or by filling out this economic harms form.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.