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ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison wins Prestigious Award

The Executive Director of our Alameda County Family Justice Center, Cherri Allison, recently received an honor of great magnitude when she was named a winner of the American Bar Association's 20/20 Vision Award.

Recipients of the 20/20 Vision Award are pioneers who have mobilized the legal profession against domestic and sexual violence. In their unique way, each recipient created, supported, advanced and/or advocated for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, and have also worked to change society and in making justice accessible for victims.

“To be recognized by the American Bar Association and receive this award was an incredible honor and am very thankful that my work with victims of domestic violence has made a difference,” said Ms Allison.

“I am also grateful that every single day, I have a chance to continue to refine and improve services for victims of domestic violence, stalking and abuse at the Alameda County Family Justice Center. The ACFJC has recently celebrated ten years serving victims of domestic violence in our County, and we have plenty more planned for the next ten years to serve those in need.”

Ms Allison has over 21 years experience in the field of domestic violence prevention and family law, and has published work specifically about domestic violence for numerous continuing education and training organizations.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the ACFJC, Ms Allison was the Director of the Family Violence Law Center, one of the ACFJC’s community partners. She has served on numerous boards and committees (including the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, California Women Lawyers, and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence) and also co-teaches a class on Domestic Violence Law and Ethics at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

“Cherri is a visionary and is well known for her focus on the big picture [and] is most effective in her role as mentor and supporter of the next generation of domestic violence advocates,” wrote the leadership of the ABA upon conferring the 20/20 Vision Award to Ms Allison.

“She often defines part of her role as that of an elder whose responsibility is to transfer knowledge and information to empower others to continue the struggle.”