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Kristin Tellis

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Kristin Tellis

Kristin Tellis

Name of Host Organization: Legal Services of Greater Miami
City, State: Miami, Florida
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: The Florida Bar Foundation

The Project

Kristin will advocate for Little Haiti residents/businesses/organizations and work to mitigate the effects of gentrification by helping them to effectively participate in decisions impacting the development of their community, resulting in improved economic and social opportunities. 

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Little Haiti, is a 3.5-mile area in central Miami which has 108,000 residents. It is gentrifying faster than any neighborhood in South Florida, and Little Haiti residents are at risk of exploitation and displacement
The project will protect the interests of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood during on-going gentrification by working towards: the creation of new housing for Little Haiti residents, the hiring local residents to fill new jobs, designating a cultural district to preserve heritage, and creating Community Benefit Agreements.
The Right Person For This Project

Kristin is the right person for the project because: 

  • She is dedicated to protecting and furthering civil rights.  
  • She strongly believes in advocating for economic justice and creating equity in the development of minority communities. 
  • She has experience in community collaboration, advocacy, engaging stakeholders and policy development in the area of social and racial justice. 
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Kristin will:

  • Develop relationships with Little Haiti community members, stakeholders, businesses, and organizations. 
  • Provide community education about the development process, and ways in which the Little Haiti community can have a voice in that process. 
  • Create opportunities for Little Haiti community members, stakeholders, businesses and organizations to actively advocate and participate in decisions impacting cultural, economic and community development decisions.
  • Collaborate with existing community development organizations to build a coalition that advocates for Little Haiti’s community interests.
  • Recruit pro bono lawyers to support efforts.