By Kristine Custodio Suero, ACP
On July 17, Team SDPA toured the Family Justice Center (FJC) in downtown San Diego. In attendance were Secretary Claire Hamilton, President Julie Schwartz, Pro Bono Committee Chair Dawn Regner, CP, VP-Programs & Education Alison Greenlee, and Director-NALA Liaison Kristine Custodio Suero. ACP. The FJC is a program under the City Attorney’s Office located on the second floor of the Housing Commission building in downtown San Diego. The FJC screens over 19,000 calls per year and has approximately 7,500 cases a year. The FJC provides services including free legal assistance for self-represented parties, individual and group counseling, access to emergency funding, childcare, parenting classes, forensic examinations, and more for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking. The FJC provides holistic support to its clients and works collaboratively with pro bono attorneys, counselors/therapists, the District Attorney’s Office and the Police Department. Team SDPA is in discussions regarding potential volunteer opportunities for our members including in the FJC Annual Holiday Party donations drive and gift wrapping and internships. A workplace violence safety training provided by the FJC is also in the works.
Please check our website at https://sdparalegals.org/Volunteer-Opportunities for more information or contact Pro Bono Committee Chair Dawn Regner, CP at firstname.lastname@example.org.