It’s been three weeks since my first day at CALCASA, and I can literally feel the energy of my coworkers who want to help people. I guess it could be my excitement around starting at a new job, but I’m certain that’s not what it is.

Every hour of the day I am learning new policies, trainings, procedures and acronyms. Here’s what I know so far: At CALCASA we’re working to ensure that all survivors find healing, and we know that the path to healing is different for every survivor. We recognize that pursuing the criminal justice system may not be an option or choice for all survivors and we are exploring alternative accountability measures that will foster accountability and healing. We know that meeting our goal to end sexual violence means that we have to change social norms and systems within our communities.

As the Public Policy Associate, I will be educating our state and federal lawmakers about CALCASA, Rape Crisis Centers, and the survivors we serve. I will also be advocating for laws that focus on ways to end sexual violence and put traditionally underserved communities at the forefront of consideration as policies are crafted.

So while I’m still learning what all the different acronyms mean, I do know this organization has a staff that is making a positive difference in the lives of thousands of survivors. It’s an honor to be part of this movement.

I really look forward to meeting with the Rape Crisis Centers throughout California and hearing about how public policy is affecting survivors and day-to-day operations. If you need anything or have questions related to public policy at the state and federal level, please call or email me.

Office: (916) 446 2520 ext. 310