AREVA MARTIN CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND THOSE FACING DISCRIMINATION AND INJUSTICE- The Seattle Medium

October 6, 2022

Areva Martin Bruce Family

“The community as a whole has suffered like the Bruce family,” Martin offered. “That’s restorative justice. A lot of people think of it as reparations, but it means an injustice was done to someone. So we have an obligation morally and legally to make them whole.”
She said there are many more cases like the Bruce family, including some she’s working on currently.

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