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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces District Attorney’s Office’s New Director of Community Affairs, Francis Chan

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Sara Yousuf, (415) 603-9696 / Sara.Yousuf@sfgov.org     

SAN FRANCISCO— Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces that longtime San Francisco public servant Francis Chan has started as the District Attorney’s Office’s new Director of Community Affairs. Mr. Chan brings with him decades of experience in community organizing, particularly in the AAPI community. Mr. Chan is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, and has worked as a translator in all three languages. As Director of Community Affairs, Mr. Chan will be providing victim services support and coordinating the Office’s community engagement, with a focus on San Francisco’s AAPI population.

“I am thrilled to welcome Francis Chan to our office, who brings years of experience working directly with the communities we serve,” said District Attorney Boudin. “His hiring expands on our office’s work to promote language access and cultural competency, and we are delighted that we will be able to better serve the needs of our Chinese-language community members and promote public safety for all San Franciscans.”

Mr. Chan moved to San Francisco in 1995 from Hong Kong, where he was born and raised. He has lived in San Francisco ever since, and has dedicated his career to building community, supporting vulnerable community members, and increasing cultural competency and language access for the AAPI community.

Mr. Chan’s career has spanned government, nonprofit, and business sectors. Most recently, he spent eight years as the Senior Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development, where he connected thousands of small businesses with vital city programs. In that role, Mr. Chan also oversaw Chinatown’s budget and programing, the Disaster Relief Program, and the Construction Mitigation Program.

Mr. Chan’s public service experience has included advocacy for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in San Francisco. He has facilitated more than twenty community input sessions centered around AAPI community needs and violence prevention. Mr. Chan also previously worked as Project Manager for the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, where he launched the Community Response Network – Asian Pacific Islanders (CRN-API), which provided crisis response, care management and street outreach services through AAPI community-based agencies. In addition, Mr. Chan also worked to assist vulnerable community members. He supported vulnerable youth through the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, where he oversaw the Youth Services Department. Mr. Chan also worked with the San Francisco Community Response Network to help provide immediate aftercare services to victims of violent crime and their families. While there, he also led school-based conflict mediation and violence de-escalation programming. Finally, Mr. Chan also obtained certification as a drug and alcohol counselor and has worked to support those struggling with addiction and mental health through the San Francisco Family Mosaic Project.

Mr. Chan also recently played a critical role in coordinating community responses to the COVID pandemic. In February of 2020, Mr. Chan led the Covid Command Center as the Lead of Community Outreach. In this capacity, Mr. Chan provided culturally-responsive safety messaging and supported vaccination implementation. Mr. Chan also directed and hosted a 36-episode Chinese television series for the Community Youth Center entitled “My Community: We Are All Pivoters” for Sky Link TV. The show served to educate parents and support families during the pandemic.

Mr. Chan obtained both a B.A. and an M.A. in Chinese Language from San Francisco State University. He is currently a PhD candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Asian Philosophies and Cultures.

“Francis Chan’s extensive experience working with some of the most vulnerable members of the AAPI community will be an invaluable contribution to our Victim Service Division,” said Interim Chief of Victim Services, Kasie Lee. “Underreporting of crimes is a serious issue in the AAPI community due to both language and cultural barriers. Francis will play a critical role in ensuring that AAPI victims of crime are informed and empowered throughout the legal process while receiving linguistically appropriate and culturally competent services.”

Francis Chan echoed the enthusiasm about his new role. “I’m honored to join the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney Boudin’s bold leadership,” he said. “I believe that we must promote healing in our communities, which includes developing long-term solutions to empowering crime victims and our communities more broadly.”

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Sara Yousuf, (415) 603-9696 / Sara.Yousuf@sfgov.org

地檢官博徹思宣布陳嘉霖為地檢處新任社區事務總監

 

三藩市今日三藩市地檢官博徹思宣布,資深公僕陳嘉霖經已就任地檢處的社區事務總監。陳嘉霖具備數十年社區組織經驗,特長服務亞太裔社群。他精通粵語、國語和英語,並曾擔任這三種語言的翻譯。在履行新職後,陳總監將會專致為三藩市的亞太裔社群,提供受害者服務支援及籌劃地檢署的社區聯繫和參與。

 

「我期待和歡迎陳嘉霖加盟地檢處,他的深厚經驗協助我們更直接服務社區,」地檢官博徹思說:「他入職後可拓展我們辦公室對語言協助和文化知能的推廣,我們欣慰將能提升服務華語社群的需求,及促進所有三藩市商民的公眾安全。」

 

1995 年陳從出生和成長地香港移民來美,在三藩市定居、修學和就業。他矢志扶植和建立社區,支援弱勢社群,及提升亞太裔社群的文化知能和語言協助。

 

陳總監的職業生涯橫跨政府、非牟利和商業範疇。他原先擔任三藩市縣市政府經濟及勞動力發展辦公室的資深計劃經理超過8年;在此期間,他配對連結數以千計的小企業至重要的市府項目,陳嘉霖還負責監管華埠的政府經濟撥款和項目規劃,及全市的災難紓緩計劃和工程紓緩計劃。

 

陳總監的公共服務經驗包括為三藩市亞太裔社群倡導權益。他曾經主持20多次關注亞太裔社群需求和預防暴力的社區意見會議。陳嘉霖亦曾任三藩市社區青年中心的項目經理,並啟動亞太裔社區應變聯網 (CRN-API);此聯網領導7間亞太裔為本的機構,提供危機應變、個案管理和街頭外展服務。此外,陳嘉霖還致力扶助弱勢社群成員;他就職 Bernal Heights 鄰里中心管理青少年服務部時,為非裔和拉美裔的高危及弱勢青少年提供學業、就業、康樂和輔導。陳嘉霖擔任三藩市社區應變聯網總監時,協助提供事故後的緊急支援服務予暴力罪案的受害者及其家人。他還領導以學校為本的衝突調解和暴力降溫計劃。及後陳嘉霖還考取得毒品和酒精成癮顧問的認證,並在家庭馬賽克項目輔導面對成癮和心理健康問題的病患者。

 

在最近的新型冠狀病毒疫情期間,陳嘉霖再度發揮協調社區應變的關鍵作用。從2020年2月起,他參與市府疫情指揮中心和領導社區外展團隊;這個任命促使他運用文化知能,為民眾提供語言和文化合適的安全信息、保護裝備、病毒測試和疫苗接種等項目。在百忙中,陳嘉霖與社區青年中心和天下衛視合作,編導及主持一糸列 36 集名為《我的社區:我們都是轉戰者》的中文電視節目。此資訊節目旨在教育居家避疫的家長和青少年,怎樣在疫情中改善和鞏固家庭關係。

 

陳嘉霖在三藩市州立大學完成亞裔研究和中國語文學士及碩士學位。他現在是加州總合大學的亞洲哲學和文化研究所的準博士。

 

「陳嘉霖協助亞太裔社群中最為弱勢成員的豐富經驗,將對我們的受害者服務部大有貢獻,」受害者服務部執行總管李蕙儀說:「因為語言和文化障礙而減低亞太裔社群的報案率是一個嚴重問題。陳嘉霖將在亞太裔罪案受害者於整個司法程序中,發揮爭取知情和賦權的關鍵作用,及獲得合適語言和文化知能的服務。」

 

陳嘉霖總監表達了他對新崗位的冀望:「我很榮幸加盟三藩市地檢處和共事地檢官博徹思的剛強領導,」他說:「我相信我們必須推廣社區的康復,包括制定長期解決方案,以求更全面地支援和賦權罪案受害者和我們的社區。」

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