DA's Office Expands Partnership to Educate Foreign Leaders on Providing Aid for Crime Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2011

CONTACT: ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

DA GASCÓN & CARLOS FÉLIX CORONA, CÓNSUL GENERAL OF MÉXICO IN SAN FRANCISCO EXPAND PARTNERSHIP TO EDUCATE FOREIGN LEADERS ON PROVIDING AID FOR CRIME VICTIMS
Consulates from Nearly a Dozen Countries Participate in Half-Day Training on Identifying and Supporting Multi-National Victims of Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District George Gascón and Carlos Félix Corona, Cónsul General of México, announced today the successful completion of a training for consulates from a number of countries regarding hate crimes, human trafficking and domestic violence crimes.

Hosted by Carlos Félix Corona, Cónsul General of México in San Francisco, the training was designed by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office to empower consuls general, and their staffs to recognize these crimes and help victims seek justice and receive assistance. Consuls General, deputy consuls and staff from various countries participated in the training including El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Peru, the Phillippines, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

“Ensuring that multi-national victims have access to the criminal justice system and vital victim services regardless of status is key to making the justice system work for everyone,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Consul offices are for many, the first refuge from acts of crime and violence. Providing training for consul staff on these crimes that effect international populations is an essential part of the justice delivery system in San Francisco. I am excited about the partnership we share with the Méxican Consulate and look forward to continued programs, trainings and events.”

Presenters included Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang who discussed the unique nature of hate crimes, the affect such crimes have on the community and San Francisco’s response. Victor Hwang described a case where the Méxican Consulate and the District Attorney’s Office worked closely together to bring a victim back from México to testify at a hearing in a violent hate crime incident.

Consultant Ivy Lee outlined human trafficking and the rights of crime victims. Her work as the Director of the Immigrant Rights & Human Trafficking Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, her service on various regional and statewide anti-trafficking task forces and her extensive writing on trafficking informed her presentation on both sex and labor trafficking. Jackie Ortiz, Deputy Chief of the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division discussed domestic violence cases and the challenges such cases face in immigrant communities here in San Francisco.

Cónsul General Carlos Félix Corona and District Attorney George Gascón have agreed to continue to work together to address the needs of victims with efforts such as this.

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