Disability Justice Advocate
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Justice Shorter is a Disability Justice advocate and Black Disabled Lives Matter amplifier. She is a national expert on disability inclusive disaster protections, emergency management and humanitarian crises/conflicts. As a youth journalist in 2005, Justice began writing professionally on topics related to community development, humanitarian affairs and youth empowerment. Driven to action by these issues, she has studied community development in South Africa, Peace & Post-Conflict Reconciliation in Uganda/Rwanda, periodically returned to her childhood community to teach on subjects surrounding social action/communications and earned a B.A. in Journalism with minors in Justice & Peace Studies from Marquette University.
While earning her MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy & Management, Justice also interned within the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs where she focused on disability outreach efforts, social inclusion policies and federal agency engagement.
In more recent years, Justice served as a Disability Integration Advisor with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, deploying frequently to disaster areas across America and its territories. She is also the co-creator of a celebrated framework for applying Disability Justice approaches to disaster assistance, an Emergency Management method that acknowledges histories of harm, centers intersectionality and prioritizes leadership by Black, Indigenous & People Of Color with disabilities. With a steadfast commitment to international development and inclusive humanitarian assistance, Justice continues to participate in ongoing projects as a global advisor and trainer.
Justice is currently the National Disaster Protection Advisor for the National Disability Rights Network where she advises the 57 federally mandated Protection & Advocacy agencies on any issues related to pandemics, fires, disasters and other emergencies. She is currently a Senior Fellow and adjunct faculty member at Tulane University School of Social Work's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy.
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