Manatee Justice Ministry moves forward

The Manatee Justice Ministry hired Jean-Luc Adrien as its lead organizer, officially beginning its work in the county.

The Justice Ministry's mission is based on Micah 6:8: “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”

The Manatee ministry consists of 18 different and diverse congregations in the county.

Jean-Luc Adrien

Members will engage people of faith to listen, reflect, plan, take action, and evaluate. The goal is to address the root causes of systemic poverty and injustice in Manatee County.

M.J.M. is an affiliate of the Direct-Action Resource Training (D.A.R.T.) organization, whose 26 affiliates work on justice issues like affordable housing in Pinellas County and the statewide program of juvenile civil citations for first time, non-violent offenses.

Jean-Luc brings an extensive background of service to his new post.

He worked at Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC) and represented clients at The Bronx Defenders through the Family Defense Practice.

He interned with the Center for Constitutional Rights Ella Baker Program-Community Justice Project, and served with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta.

He obtained his B.A. in political science and anthropology from the University of Florida and graduated from New York University School of Law. Jean-Luc is also fluent in French, Spanish, and Haitian Kreyòl.

Any congregation is welcome to join their efforts. If you are interested, contact Jean-Luc at 727-308-1767 or

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