- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A doctor credited with bringing the Flint drinking water crisis to the public’s attention after state agencies initially dismissed her concerns will be honored by an Arab American community nonprofit organization.

Mona Hanna-Attisha is set to receive the Champion of Justice award Saturday at the 45th annual dinner of Dearborn-based ACCESS. The event will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Hanna-Attisha, a first-generation Iraqi American, says in a statement that “what happened in Flint is a profound injustice.” But, she adds, the city “is full of champions.”

The Hurley Hospital pediatrician reported high lead levels in children’s blood and pleaded with the public to stop drinking the corrosive water, which released lead from old pipes. Gov. Rick Snyder eventually acknowledged her findings and credited her.

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