ACFJC Newsletter, April 2017
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Justice is not served until crime victims are.

Welcome to the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) Newsletter. The Justice Center is a one-stop center, with 30 onsite and over 50 offsite agencies and programs, for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, child abduction, elder and dependent adult abuse, and human trafficking.


F O L L O W on T W I T T E R

A Few Words from our Executive Director Cherri

Daily I am in conversation with friends, family, and community regarding the impact of the current political climate on those seeking to escape from all forms of interpersonal violence and the trauma they are experiencing.  I am simultaneous saddened and outraged by the national conversation. Political movements, social trends, funding streams all ebb and flow but it  is our responsibility as leaders to remain client centered and trauma informed in the way we provide services. It is our responsibility to maintain open and honest relationship with our clients so we can continue to hear what is needed to enable them to become independent.

March was a vibrant month as we celebrated on March 24th our 2nd Annual Women Celebrating Women event, an annual celebration commemorating Women’s History Month.  We had over 100 attendees who were encouraged by District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s inspirational words which focused upon enlightened women leadership. Equally inspiring, the entire event was organized and lead by clients and interns from the Women’s Empowerment Program.  Events like this and the clients we serve give me hope for our future and the futures of our children.  We also held our first quarterly Partner Leadership Team Meeting. These meetings have been held regularly since January 2011.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to engage and support ACFJC partners in the process of developing collective power to lead change toward a common agenda that is client centered and trauma informed. We are currently discussing new and innovative ways to provide services. As a team we decided that we must respond with innovation to policies which threaten our community. As a result we decided to have monthly meetings and we are exploring a couple very outside-the-box solutions to these attacks. Stay tuned for updates.

In April we have a couple of exciting events.  First, on Friday, April 7th in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week we are hosting training for our partners focused on serving our undocumented community.  The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Witness and the International Institute of the Bay Area will be presenting. On April 25th the Alameda County Library Foundation will host a celebration for Dia de los Ninos.  Both events are discussed in detail below and the event fliers are attached.  Please join us on those days.

As an Elder in this movement I encourage you to remain grounded and focused on self-care.  Social and political changes occur and most of it we cannot control.  However, we do have control over how we respond.  Self-care is essential and my wish for you is that you find the space in your life to take care of yourself.  You deserve it and your family, friends and clients deserve it also. 

Cherri Allison
Executive Director

Partner Spotlight:

Alameda County Library

Did you know that the ACFJC has operated since 2015 as a branch of the Alameda County Library?   We offer P.U.L.S.E. (Pop Up Library Services for Everyone). P.U.L.S.E. is a vending machine containing library books for adults and children in English and Spanish. In case you don’t believe us I have included a photo here.  Clients of the ACFJC can get their own P.U.L.S.E. library card (usable in all Alameda County Library locations) to be used as often as they like to check out books. Books are then returned to the ACFJC, just like a regular library branch. P.U.L.S.E. is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The mission of the Alameda County Library (ACL) is to provide critical support to public libraries in the Alameda County Library system resulting in all people in our communities having access to knowledge in all of its forms.  The ACL accomplishes this mission by raising revenue in support of library programs, facilities and services that promote traditional and digital literacy, encourage educational achievement and lifelong learning, and address opportunity gaps in the communities they serve.  To access information about services, locations, etc. please visit their website at

Staff Spotlight

Michelle Joya, Client Navigator

Michelle Joya is a currently one of three Client Navigators at the Alameda County Family Justice Center. She attended Holy Names University where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She continued her education by pursuing a Master’s in Forensic Psychology at Holy Names University. As an undergraduate, she began volunteering at the Alameda County Family Justice Center that later evolved into an internship in her graduate studies. The experience motivated her to pursue certification as a Domestic Violence Counselor to gain more hands-on experience with clients. In April 2015, Michelle became full-time staff as a Client Navigator. Working with domestic violence victims allows her to provide hope and advocacy for family justice. She is eager to stop violence among families and educate about safety, survival and new beginnings by impacting the next generation.

Celebrate Children and Books

on Dios de Los Niños (Day of the Child)

Tuesday, April 25th
11am - 12pm at the ACFJC

Hosted by the Alameda County Library please join us at the ACFJC (470-27th Street, Oakland, CA) on Tuesday, April 25th from 11am-12pm to celebrate with us Día de los Ninos (Day of the Child).  El Día de los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:
  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
The Library will be providing lunch and giving away books.  Download the event flier in ENGLISH or SPANISH.

Women Celebrating Women

In honor of Women’s History Month on March 24th over 100 clients and dozens of staff, interns, volunteers and partners together celebrated women at our 2nd Annual Women Celebrating Women event.  In commemoration of Women’s History Month, the annual WCE event highlights clients who have graduated from our Women’s Empowerment Program (Step-Up and Step-Up 2 Work).  The event was almost completely client and intern organized and led.  Our District Attorney Nancy O’Malley was the keynote speaker.  She inspired all of us with examples of effective leadership by women.  The event included lunch and time for networking.  As part of the event the clients and interns created a museum of women’s history focused on technology and science.
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