Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar hosted "Survivor Session- Survivors Write the Laws" event in order to hear from crime survivors and identify potential legislative proposals to benefit the community.
"Every day crime survivors find the courage to keep moving forward," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "Today, they harnessed that courage and put it to work. I am incredibly grateful to our survivors and to Senator Eggman for taking the time to hear our survivors and being willing to partner with our office to ensure public safety."
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, along with the Victims of Violent Crime Support Group, invited crime survivors to participate in the session. Attendees were able to share their experiences with the criminal legal system to Senator Eggman and express areas of the law that may need revision in order to benefit crime survivors and victims. In addition, Senator Eggman was able to provide information on how bills become law and encouraged the group to bring her team legislative ideas for the coming year. "Speaking with survivors and victims of violent crimes this morning with the San Joaquin County District Attorney was incredibly powerful and moving," said Senator Susan Eggman. "Listening to their stories, you could hear and feel their strength as they navigated their way through their grief and anger. I was honored to be invited to address this group of brave individuals who are seeking purpose out of terrible loss. The voices of victims and survivors are important to hear within our criminal justice system."
"We are honored to facilitate crime survivors' voices and allowing them to be heard in a safe space," said Family Justice Center Program Manager Suzanne Schultz. "Allowing them to also be a part of the solution also helps in the healing process. Thank you to District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar and Senator Susan Eggman for leading by example and being willing to listen to survivors."
To learn more about the services provided to victims and crime survivors, visit our website or call 209-468-2500. To learn more about the Family Justice Center, visit SJCFamilyJusticeCenter.com or call 209-468-2600.