Women Advisory Board
The Women’s Advisory Board was developed to identify issues impacting women in the criminal justice system. By tackling the hard issues like domestic violence, human trafficking, and bullying, our women’s board wants to empower women to navigate the criminal justice system, including the services provided to promote healing, prevention, and healthy living.
The Women’s Advisory Board decided to focus on an analysis of data concerning family violence. Beginning in 2012, the District Attorney’s Office started gathering data to analyze the disparities between the 911 calls, reports generated, and cases charged on domestic violence to see where systematic improvements can be made.
To address school safety, the group initiated an anti-bullying video contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. “Bye-Bye Bullying” was co-sponsored by Common Sense Media, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the San Francisco Giants Community Foundation, and Zendesk, among many others. School officials, community leaders, and corporations came together to launch the video contest, which was publicized in all public and private middle and high schools in San Francisco. To address issues related to transgender people in custody, the Women’s Advisory Group advocated for further sensitivity training for law enforcement.