August 22, 2020
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONTRA COSTA FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER, CONCORD – Susun Kim works not only on the established programs of the Contra Costa Family Justice Center, where she is executive director, but she is also constantly searching for new ways to serve the community. “I look to identify unmet needs and underserved communities and develop strategies to meet those needs,” says Kim, an immigrant from South Korea.
January 21, 2020
Antioch, Calif. – The Contra Costa Family Justice Center, in collaboration with Antioch Council Member Monica Wilson, Contra Costa District Attorney Office, Contra Costa Human Trafficking Coalition, Love Never Fails, and Community Violence Solutions, is hosting a “Human Trafficking Awareness Event” on Friday January 24, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.
September 27, 2019
The Contra Costa County’s Family Justice Center celebrated the grand opening of a new center located in Antioch. They will be providing services to communities in East County such as Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg.
September 11, 2019
Support, Hope, Safety and Healing through a Single Door for Victims of Violence
ANTIOCH, Calif. (September 27, 2019) – During an abusive relationship with her husband, Nancy reached out for help at one of Contra Costa County’s Family Justice Centers (FJC). There, she received healing therapy and legal services that led to holding her husband accountable and a getting on a path toward healing and self-sufficiency. Otherwise, she says she may not have lived to tell her story… click here.
June 9, 2019
But soon visits to the Family Justice Center will get a whole lot easier for East County residents like Guevara because the nonprofit will be opening a new office in Antioch.
September 28, 2018
Yesterday, legislation authored by Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) to help victims of domestic violence and human trafficking was signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
September 27, 2018
The nonprofit Family Justice Center, a one-stop support network for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and child or elder abuse victims, plans to open an Antioch location in early 2019.
September 12, 2018
The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women has awarded $32 million to improve the criminal justice response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Among the 54 nationally awarded grants, the Contra Costa EHSD received nearly $1 million. EHSD will use this funding over the next three years to strengthen critical victim services, judicial handling and law enforcement response, as well as to deepen its cross-sector community partnerships throughout the county. To read the full article, click Alliance Grant Press Release.
Alliance CEO Gael Strack praised FJC Director Susun Kim for her advocacy and leadership: “Susun Kim worked diligently to make sure that everyone in the Legislature understood the power of the Family Justice Center framework. We worked hard to put Family Justice Centers in state law in 2013, creating a statutory scheme to define them and set standards for collaborative approaches (Penal Code section 13750) based on our published research outcomes. But Tim Grayson and Susun Kim have now helped connect the statute and our research to new funding for this multi-agency, lifesaving approach.”
June 26, 2018
“This bill is an easy, common-sense solution which allows communities to leverage existing resources of dedicated and trained professionals to collaborate for the benefit of some of our most vulnerable victims. We’ve seen it work first-hand in a pilot project launched by our Family Justice Center.”
May 8, 2018
Congratulations to one of our very own Lawyers for Family Justice!
March 7, 2018
“It is the goal of NEWSMAKERS: Lesher Speaker Series to promote the East Bay’s non-profit community. For each lecture, a non-profit is selected as a partner. Twenty tickets are donated to the non-profit to leverage for fundraising, or reward their staff and supporters. On several occasions, the speakers themselves have donated their time to a private reception for the non-profit. Additionally, KTVU Channel 2 has generously donated their services to produce a video highlighting each non-profit and their accomplishments, which is screened for the NEWSMAKERS audience and also donated to the nonprofit. This year, the Contra Costa Family Justice Center was honored to be paired with Former Governor Jennifer Granholm.”
March 6, 2018
Those who dine at Salute E Vita Ristorante in Richmond on Thursday will help raise funds for the West Contra Costa Family Justice Center. In honor of International Women’s Day, Salute owner Menbere Aklilu is donating 15-percent of all restaurant sales on Thursday to the Family Justice Center, a one-stop shop of services and resources at 24th Street in Richmond for abused women and their families. Last year, The Family Justice Center served over 1,000 families and launched an elder abuse prevention program.
“The Contra Costa Family Justice Center is an invaluable one-stop center for families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and human trafficking. In 2017, the Family Justice Center served 2,440 survivors of interpersonal violence. Over 80% of Family Justice Center clients have at least one pressing legal need.
The Family Justice Center Alliance, a program of Alliance for HOPE International, proudly highlighted it’s 17 AFFILIATED Family Justice Centers and Multi-Agency Centers in the United States. The Contra Costa Family Justice Center’s Community Fellowship Program was included in their recognition!
“In March 2016, the Contra Costa Family Justice Center launched a new iteration of its community fellowship program designed to equip survivors of interpersonal violence with leadership skills to empower their long-term success. The 10 month program accepted five fellows for each program location (Central and West). The fellows received training on how to develop community projects on their own while guided by mentors in track areas that included advocacy, training and events, outreach, and project coordination and technology.”
Earlier this year, the Contra Costa Family Justice Center participated in an evaluation report of seven California based Family Justice Centers released by the University of Oklahoma. The Center of Applied Research on Nonprofit Organizations research team worked closely with Alliance for HOPE International and its Family Justice Center Alliance program to complete the research study. “Survivor Defined Success, Hope and Well-Being: An Assessment of the Impact of Family Justice Centers” found statistically significant increases in Hope, Resiliency, Satisfaction of Life, Emotional Well-Being, and Flourishing in the lives of survivors after receiving services in Family Justice Centers in California. The study was funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation as part of their long-term support for the development of Family Justice Centers in communities across California.
June 22, 2017
“The new Elder Abuse Prevention Project is designed to increase the reporting of elder abuse and to optimize its interagency-collaborative approach, including sharing client data, to serve seniors as quickly as possible.”
June 5, 2017
Contra Costa Family Justice Center named an honoree For California Nonprofits Day!
April 21, 2017
“ For perspective from an expert not involved in the case, 2 Investigates interviewed Susun Kim, the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Family Justice Center.”
April 19, 2017
“[The city] supported the Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of domestic violence who struggle to find services because of their race, citizenship status and level of poverty.”
November 15, 2016
Susun Kim, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Family Justice Center, was honored as the Contra Costa County Prosecutor’s Association Champion for Justice of 2016!
October 4, 2016
” The City of Concord also just won the prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence for its Central County Family Justice Center.”
October 1, 2016
“The Lawyers for Family Justice program is a community effort,” says Kim. “We have outstanding community attorneys dedicating their time to mentor, strong support from the Contra Costa County Bar Association, and friendships with incubator programs all across the country, which continue to evolve and improve their practices.”
August 3, 2016
“The Family Justice Center appears to have left no stone unturned in the effort to provide swift and welcoming assistance and resources to abused women and seniors.”
April 16, 2015
“In recognition of 20 years since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, federal officials this week visited East Bay family justice centers to applaud efforts in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to protect women and children.”