In honor of International Women's Day, our Executive Director Cherri Allison penned a short note to ACFJC supporters and the community about our personal as well as professional commitment to serving and empowering women.Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day.
While we celebrate the achievements of women around the globe let us also take time to reflect on the work that remains.
The Alameda County Family Justice Center joins all of our partners here and organizations around the world in honoring the progress women have made to close the economic, social justice and gender equity gaps. We also recognize there is still much work to be done in the field of violence against women, in a world where one in every three women will experience abuse in her lifetime.
On a personal note, let us remember all of the women that have gone before us, those generations still to come, and those women today that are marginalized and rendered voiceless, who do not have a seat at the leadership circle. Let us make room for those women and let us listen to their voices.
With your continued collaboration, partnership and support we will make a difference by providing life changing services to keep women and their families safe and the structure and community to assist women in reclaiming their power.
Cherri N. Allison, Esq.
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.”
The Alameda County Family Justice Center recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, and we produced a short film in of the event, 'The ACFJC Turns 10!'.
The film celebrates our center's decade-long history, from inception to our successful current programs as well as also discussing the path for our future endeavors.
Featured in the short film are the ACFJC's founder, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, and ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison and some of the graduates of our sucessful El Cafecito group, a women's empowerment group for Spanish speakers.
On June 30, 2015, the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) celebrated ten years helping victims of crime in Alameda County by hosting an Open House for the community. Hundreds of people came out in support of the positive role the Center has played in our community and they enjoyed a BBQ lunch and guided tours of the facilities.
The founder of the ACFJC, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, spoke of the inspiration behind establishing the center. “Back in 2003, I performed a needs assessment of the services available to, for example, a female victim of domestic violence with two children in Alameda County. I found that she would potentially need to visit over 25 different sites to access all the services that she required for herself and her family,” DA O’Malley said.
“This status quo was further victimizing these victims. So I decided to change this by establishing a center that housed an abundance of allied health, legal, psychological and other support services in one, easily accessed location. And in 2005, the Alameda County Family Justice Center became a reality, making it much easier for victims of crime to seek the help they need,” said DA O’Malley.
Recently, a delegation from the Department of Justice - Office of Violence Against Women visited the Alameda County Family Justice Center to acknowledge and commend the considerable inroads the ACFJC has made in coordinating the response to violence against women in our region. The visit was in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and part of a national tour of outstanding facilities making a difference in the lives of women.
The group, led by Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, saw first-hand why the ACFJC is a model for excellence for centers around the nation. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison led the delegation on a tour of the ACFJC facility, introducing our service partners and demonstrating the specific ways in which we serve victims of crime.
L-R: ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison, DA Nancy O'Malley, DOJ-OVW Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, DOJ-OVW Confidential Assistant Carla Bernal, DOJ-OVW Deputy for Policy Rosie Hidalgo.
In celebration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the DA's Office held numerous community forums at universities, senior centers, places of worship and disability centers around the county. Our staff focused on providing the community with information about the services available to victims of crime in Alameda County.
Representatives from the DA's Office, the ACFJC, as well as victim advocates and claim specialists were present at each of the venues to answer questions and provide information to members of our communities regarding victims' rights and resources.
The District Attorney's Youth Empowerment Program located at the Family Justice Center was awarded the Children and Youth 2014 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties. This program offers integrated and harmonious services to children who have been exposed to or are victims of family violence.
The combination of a safe and nurturing play space, access to a County Library, onsite tutoring and an opportunity to attend summer camp is an innovative way to ensure children of all ages have the opportunity to thrive.