For Immediate Release
Cindy Hoffman: 202 524 5330
YWCA USA CEO: WE HOPE FLINT CHARGES SET PRECEDENT
Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO, YWCA USA
“As the horrifying water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to impact communities largely comprised of impoverished families and families of color, we are heartened to see that involuntary manslaughter charges were filed against Nick Lyons, the head of the Michigan health department.
More often than not, institutional crimes against communities of color go unaddressed, ignored, and certainly unpunished.
We hope that these charges set precedent for real accountability for leaders whose negligence put community members at risk.”
About YWCA USA
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more: www.ywca.org.