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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Formation of AAPI Elder Abuse Steering Committee

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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. 

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三藩市地檢官博徹思宣布成立「關注亞太裔受虐長者指導委員會」

 

三藩市——今天,三藩市地檢官博徹思宣布成立「關注亞太裔受虐長者指導委員會」,並在本週一召開了第一次會議。該委員會成立的目標是凝聚為受虐長者提供的資源,制定標準合作模式來拉近服務方面的差距,為亞太裔長者提供合適的、文化適當的創傷知情護理。

地檢官博徹思說:「年邁的罪案受害者和幸存者面對與別人不一樣的挑戰,例如缺乏合適的支援系統、收入有限、患有多種慢性疾病、記憶力和認知能力下降,以及某些長者可能需要依賴對他們做成傷害的施虐者。我們致力傾聽社區領袖和專家的意見,以更好地改善我們為年老罪案受害者的服務。」

三藩市地檢署的「關注亞太裔受虐長者指導委員會」由受害者服務部臨時主管李蕙儀律師、受害者服務部受虐長者計畫的雙語倡導專員黃啟發和朱瑞良安老自助處行政總監鍾月娟老齡研究所執行主任Alice Chiu及「社區安全與正義聯盟」的項目主任Henry Ha等聯合組成。地檢署最近亦注重在亞裔發起宣傳運動,提升民眾對虐待老人的意識並阻止虐老行為。

 

三藩市地檢署受害者服務部為罪案受害者提供支援,協助他們渡過複雜的刑事法庭程序,並提供心理健康服務、交通、法庭倡導及有關賠償。 「關注亞太裔受虐長者指導委員會」與市內的社區機構建立合作伙伴關係,以確保年老的亞太裔罪案受害者和倖存者在法庭訴訟之前、期間和之後的需求均得到滿足。

安老自助處行政總監鍾月娟說:「我很榮幸能與李律師的團隊和其他亞太裔社區合作夥伴一起研究和改善受害者服務,尤其為需要大量支持及援助的年長者。 能夠從指導委員會成員那裡獲得雙語和文化適當的協調和支持,將有助老年受害者減輕恐懼和焦,確保他們在每個過程中都受到尊重。」

成立「關注亞太裔受虐長者指導委員會」是地檢署擴大受害者服務的其中一部分。在2021年,地檢署成功從加州應急服務部申請並獲得基金撥款,用作擴充服務範圍及聘請專責協助亞太裔的倡導專員。由於亞太裔社區龐大,當中包含的族裔均有不同的需求,所以受害者服務部不斷的努力實施新的政策和協議,減少這個標籤帶來的邊緣化和忽視。

另外,第二批受害者倡導專員已於上週完成一系列的緊密培訓。李蕙儀律師在2021年獲地檢官博徹思任命受害者服務部臨時主管後,為受害者服務部所有的新職員制定了為期一周的沉浸式「受害者服務和倡導培訓 」課程及「受害者服務部門手冊」,標準化倡導專員與罪案受害者聯繫的程序,讓受害人隨時了解案件中的法庭事項。李律師制定有關培訓和手冊是為了保護受害者權利,及確保整個刑事法庭程序遵守加州法律並以受害者為本。去年,所有倡導專員均接受了地檢署新制定的口譯服務政策的培訓,該政策要求法庭口譯員為選擇出席旁聽、但英語能力有限的受害者提供翻譯服務,以便他們從瑪西法律所賦予的受害者權力中,在審訊的關鍵階段時能夠有意義地發聲。

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