Alameda County Family Justice Centerby Representative Eric Swalwell
Posted on 2013-01-22
SWALWELL asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. SWALWELL of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to salute the
great work done by the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a
nonprofit organization in California's East Bay, which represents my
I was an Alameda County prosecutor, and it was during my tenure that the Justice Center was founded by my former boss, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Prior to its existence, people in my area subjected to domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault had to navigate a complicated bureaucracy and go to many different places to obtain much-needed services.
The Justice Center changed that by coordinating and centralizing critical programs in just one place. It operates as a one-place location for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, offering services like counseling, job training, and housing. Those suffering at the hands of abusers now have a place to rest, recover, and restore their lives.
As a prosecutor, I saw the horrible damage that these crimes cause, and I am grateful that the traumatized victims of the East Bay have the Justice Center to which they can turn.
In a few days it's holding its sixth annual fundraising gala called One. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone involved good luck with the event and continued success in helping all victims of the East Bay.