Why Justice Equity Design began -
To solve cultural equity blockers.
JED believes that the history of racial inequality and economic injustice in the United States has created continuing challenges for all Americans. More must be done to advance our collective goal of equal justice for all.
The United States has done very little to acknowledge the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. People of color are disproportionately marginalized, disadvantaged and mistreated by a system that was designed to maintain this status quo.
JED's research into the history of racial injustice, the legal system and the narratives that have sustained injustice across generations provides a compelling way for all people to understand structural racism. We recognize that implicit bias training is a beginning, and that institutions are looking for a way to address structural inequity and systemic biases.
Jonathan Andrew Perez, Esq.
Jonathan is a Latinx attorney, professor, and entrepreneur. He is Of Counsel at Sheeley, LLP, a business civil defense lawyer, a former criminal defense attorney, senior prosecutor in social justice, Professor at Wesleyan on law, history, and race, and published author on the history of structural inequity.
Jonathan has balanced legal representation with a mission to solve incoherent culture equity at institutions and organizations.
He teaches at Wesleyan University, as an instructor of a course Poetic Justice: Race, Law, and Critical Consciousness. He has been associated with a number of think tanks, and civil rights law organizations, including MALDEF, the D.C.-based Latino legal advocacy center, the Brennan Center for Justice, and NYU Law's Center for Race, Inequality and the Law.
Jonathan received his B.A. at Bowdoin College and M.A. at the University of Virginia and completed PhD-level work at Rutgers University in the Institute on Race, Ethnicity and American Culture, and received a J.D. at American University Washington College of Law. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Bernard’s School in New York City, where he leads the implementation of many DEI initiatives.
He is also a published poet with poems recently in Poetry Magazine, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Guesthouse Literature. His first book is published by Finishing Line Press, "The Cartographer of Crumpled Maps: The Justice Elegies" on racial terror, witnessing, and historical revisions of U.S. imperialism.