Robyn Burke, (415) 603-9696 / Robyn.Burke@sfgov.org,
Public Information Officer
San Francisco –Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that yesterday, Monday, January 24, 2022, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division (VSD) convened its first meeting of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Elder Abuse Steering Committee. The steering committee was formed to address the gaps in services for AAPI elderly victims – to examine the challenges with case coordination, underreporting, and to develop a standard set of best practices for providing services in a trauma-informed and culturally-appropriate manner to AAPI elderly victims.
“Elderly crime victims and survivors often experience unique challenges such as a lack of an adequate support systems, reduced finances, presence of multiple and chronic diseases, decreased memory and cognitive ability, and sometimes reliance on the person inflicting harm on them.” Said District Attorney Chesa Boudin. “We are committed to listening to community leaders, and experts to better understand how to best serve our elderly victims.”
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office AAPI Elder Abuse Steering Committee is led by Interim Chief of Victim Services Kasie Lee, along with the VSD’s two dedicated Elder Abuse Program Advocates, Peter Huynh and Wesley Chu, fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin; Anni Chung, Executive Director of Self-Help for the Elderly; Alice Chiu, Elder Abuse Prevention Program Supervisor at the Institute on Aging; and Henry Ha, Victim Services Program Director with the Coalition of Community Safety and Justice.
The San Francisco District Attorney Victim Services Division provides support to victims to help them navigate through the complex criminal court process – providing access to mental health services, transportation, in-court advocacy, and assisting with restitution when appropriate. The AAPI Steering Committee creates a collaboration with city and community-based partners to ensure that elderly AAPI crime victims and survivors have their needs met before, during, and after court proceedings.
“I am proud to work together with Kasie’s team and other AAPI Partners to improve the experiences of the victims, especially seniors who need a lot of hand-holding and support.” Said Anni Chung, Executive Director of Self-Help for the Elderly. “Being able to receive bilingual and bicultural care coordination and support from members of the Steering Committee will help alleviate fear and anxiety. We will make sure elderly victims of crimes are treated with respect at every step of the way.”
The formation of the AAPI Elder Abuse Steering Committee is part of the District Attorney’s Office’s continuing efforts to create expand victim services. In 2021, the DA’s Office applied for and received grant funding through the California Office of Emergency Services to expand access to victims as well as funding for a victim advocate to work with underserved AAPI communities. Because the AAPI community includes numerous communities that may have different needs, VSD is also working towards implementing new policies and protocols to reduce the marginalization and erasure that can come from this broader label.
We are also proud to announce that last week, VSD graduated its second cohort of victim advocates from its “Victim Services and Advocacy Training.” Under the leadership of Interim Chief Kasie Lee, appointed by DA Boudin in June of 2021, VSD developed the immersive weeklong “Victim Services and Advocacy Training” for all new advocates as well as a Victim Services Division Handbook to standardize the process by which victim advocates reach out to crime victims to keep them informed of the court matters in their case. The creation of the training and handbook are part of Interim Chief Lee’s efforts to protect victim rights, ensure that victims are centered throughout the criminal court process and beyond, and comply with state laws. Last year, all advocates were trained on the DA’s Office’s new language access and interpreter request policy, which mandates the request of court interpreters for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) crime victims and survivors who choose to attend and/or observe proceedings so that they can meaningfully weigh in at critical stages as provided under Marsy’s Law.
Robyn Burke / 415-603-9696 / Robyn.Burke@sfgov.org
Public Information Officer
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