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Joumana Kayrouz vows to expand work for women’s rights and people in need
Prominent Michigan Attorney Joumana Kayrouz this week said she will broaden her fight as an advocate for women’s rights and expand her activism to champion international expatriate support for the nation ofLebanon.
Kayrouz, one of Michigan’s leading Michigan accident attorneys and legal advocates, said many people who seek her services are women abused in society. She has made advocating for women, and people in need, a top priority of her legal practice and her family foundation.
The activism has brought Ms. Kayrouz many accolades, including being named an “Esteemed Women of Michigan 2015″ by the non-profit Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic this past September.
“I know firsthand the challenges that women face every day and how those challenges impact our lives, hold us back and stand in the way of achieving our goals,” Ms. Kayrouz said.
“It’s one motivation behind the launch of my foundation.”
Since 2009, the Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic has hosted the Esteemed Women ofMichigan event, honoring extraordinary women who have “excelled in their professions, risen above unacceptable circumstances, found a way to help others, or have become a beacon of hope for our younger generation.”
The Joumana Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation was launched in March 2013 to address the challenges of people in need in Lebanon, where she originates.
“A large number of the people who need our help are women, and they share the same challenges not just in Lebanon, which is close to my heart because my family originates from that beautiful country, but in countries around the world, and also right here in the United States,” Ms. Kayrouz said.
Based in Pontiac, Michigan, the Burnstein Clinic has provided healthcare and medical services free-of-charge to the homeless and others in need since 1997. Ms. Kayrouz was recognized for her extensive philanthropic work to help those in need.
Kayrouz has received many honors and distinctions over the years both for her professional legal work and for her philanthropic endeavors. In 2012 she was named “Top Lawyer of the Year” in a survey of more than 1,800 Michigan lawyers. Kayrouz was named by the readers ofDetroit Metro Times in the magazine’s annual survey as the “Best Female Attorney” for 2016 and was named by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2014 as the “American Dreamer.”
Ms. Kayrouz was the keynote speaker for the University of Michigan Arab Student Association Gala benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and Guest Lecturer at Wayne State University Law School along with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly
As a thought leader in American politics, Kayrouz has hosted numerous fundraisers at her home for various local, statewide and national candidates including for US Congress. Kayrouz serves on the re-election campaign committees of several judges as well as supporting many judicial candidates.
As a leading champion for Lebanon, Kayrouz has hosted the former Minister of Tourism, Fadi Abboud, as well as the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Gebran Bassil.
For more information on Joumana Kayrouz, visit her website at www.YourRights.com.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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