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Dr. Oliver Williams Receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Alliance for HOPE International Casey Gwinn, J.D. and Dr. Oliver Williams at the 18th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Oliver Williams, the founder of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) today received the 2018 Alliance for HOPE International Lifetime Achievement Award in Fort Worth Texas in front of 700 child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking professionals from across the country and around the world.  “Oliver Williams has changed the world for thousands of victims and offenders in the course of his amazing career.  He is without a doubt one of the most transformational leaders we have ever worked with,” said Alliance President Casey Gwinn.

Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Professor of School of Social Work has had a distinguished career at the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul. He was the Executive Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) From June 1994 to September 2016 and served as the Project Director of the African Immigrant and Domestic Violence Initiative, 2010 to 2016 and the Safe Return Initiative that addressed prisoner reentry and domestic violence from 2003-2016.

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Family Justice Center Evaluation Validates the Model as a Pathway to HOPE and Healing for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

(San Diego, CA) The University of Oklahoma today released their evaluation report of seven California-based Family Justice Centers and Dr. Chan Hellman praised the Family Justice Center model as a “source of hope and wellbeing for survivors of intimate personal violence and sexual assault.”  The study was funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation as part of their long-term support for the development of Family Justice Centers in communities across California. Dr. Chan Hellman, the Director of The Center of Applied Research on Nonprofit Organizations – the leading Hope Research Center in the country – and his research team, working closely with Alliance for HOPE International and its Family Justice Center Alliance program found statistically significant increases in Hope, Resiliency, Satisfaction of Life, Emotional Well-Being, and Flourishing in the lives of survivors after receiving services in Family Justice Centers in California.  The seven participating Centers included the: Contra Costa County Family Justice Center (Richmond, CA and Concord, CA); San Diego Family Justice Center (San Diego, CA); Alameda County Family Justice Center (Oakland, CA); Strength United Family Justice Center (Van Nuys, CA); Stanislaus Family Justice Center (Modesto, CA); Sacramento Family Justice Center (Sacramento, CA); and Riverside County Family Justice Center (Murrieta, Indio, Riverside).

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A New Empowerment Project for Latin@ Survivors of Domestic Violence in San Diego

Who:   Alliance for HOPE International
What:   Proyecto Esperanza
Where: 325 15th Street, Studio #13, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

Why:   Every leading Republican Presidential candidate would have deported her.  But on Friday, Lisbet Perez will invite Latina survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to join together under the banner of No MAS (NoMore) to speak out about violence against Latin@ women in San Diego County.  Lisbet is a survivor of domestic violence who obtained legal status in the U.S. four years after coming forward for help. Recently, the Avon Foundation funded the most comprehensive study of domestic violence and sexual assault in the U.S. Latin@ community to date.   Read the rest here…

Un Nuevo Proyecto de Liderazgo para Sobrevivientes Latin@s de Violencia Domestica en   San Diego

Quién:     Alliance for HOPE International
Qué:        Proyecto Esperanza
Dónde:   325 15th Street, Studio #13, San Diego, CA 92101
Cuándo: Viernes, 29 de Enero, 2016 a las 11:30 am

Cada candidato presidencial republicano la hubiera deportado. Pero este Viernes, Lisbet Pérez invitará a sobrevivientes Latin@s de violencia doméstica y asalto sexual a unirse bajo la bandera de No Más (No More) para hablar sobre violencia domestica contra Latin@s en el Condado de San Diego. Lisbet es una sobreviviente de violencia doméstica que obtuvo estatus legal en los EE.UU. cuatro años después de buscar ayuda. Recientemente, la Fundación Avon financió el estudio más completo de violencia doméstica y asalto sexual en la comunidad Latin@. Lea mas aquí…

Alliance for HOPE International Co-Founder and President Casey Gwinn, Esq. Named as one of Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2016

San Diego, CA – Today, Women’s eNews announced their 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2016 and Alliance for HOPE International Co-Founder and President Casey Gwinn, Esq., of San Diego, was one of the distinguished recipients and the only male to be named.  Women’s eNews is an award-winning nonprofit news service covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy. With writers and readers around the globe Women’s eNews’ audience stretches from New York City to New Delhi and all points between, reaching an estimated 1.5 million readers each year.  Read the rest here…

HopeLine® from Verizon Announces $500,000 Grant to Alliance for HOPE International for Camp HOPE America Program

San Diego, CA – HopeLine® from Verizon today announced a $500,000 grant to support Camp HOPE America, the first camping and mentoring initiative in the United States to focus exclusively on children exposed to domestic violence. Camp HOPE America grew out of the vision and work of former San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn, the nationally recognized San Diego Family Justice Center, and Alliance for HOPE International, the umbrella organization for all Family Justice Centers in the country ( Verizon has supported Family Justice Centers in more than 30 states for nearly a decade. Initially, Camp HOPE was a program of the San Diego Family Justice Center and focused only on children and teens in San Diego. Today, the vision for Camp HOPE is to break the generational cycle of family violence by offering healing and hope to children and teens who have witnessed family violence across the United States. Karianne Johansen, the Director of Camp HOPE America puts it this way: “Through Camp HOPE, we create a unique experience for children and teens that helps give kids their childhood back and shows them that their future can be better than their past.”  Read the rest here…

San Diego, CA – October 8, 2015:  Alliance for HOPE International founders, Casey Gwinn, Esq., President and Gael Strack, Esq., CEO, along with members of the Board of Directors and staff will be present to receive the North San Diego County (NSDC) NAACP, 2015 Medgar Wiley Evers Advocacy Award during its 27th Annual Blue & Gold Freedom Fund Awards Dinner.  The event will take place at the Carlsbad Sheraton, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008 on Saturday, October 10, 2015 starting at 7:00 pm…. Read more here –  PR_Medgar_Evers_Award

San Diego, CA – October 2, 2015: Are you aware that the most recent data from the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicates that over 10 million women and men in the United States experience physical violence each year by a current or former intimate partner.  Further, over 1 in 5 women (22.3%) and nearly 1 in 7 men (14.0%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, translating to nearly 29 million U.S. women and nearly 16 million U.S. men.  See CDC Report on Intimate Partner Violence…  Read more here – PR_October_DV_Awareness

San Diego, CA – May 22, 2015: Alliance for HOPE International is deeply disappointed that the charges against Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back, were dismissed today in New Jersey, said President Casey Gwinn today.  “The law in New Jersey should be changed and no jurisdiction in America should be allowing domestic violence diversion,” said Gwinn…  Read more here – PR_Ray_Rice_Dismissal

San Diego, CA April 20, 2015– Every child needs a cheerleader and a pathway to hope.  A new book published by Wheatmark and available now at and focuses on the diverse needs of children exposed to child abuse and domestic violence.  Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma is a call to all caring people to become cheerleaders for children exposed to trauma and abuse. In the book, author Casey Gwinn, former elected San Diego city attorney and a leading domestic violence professional, explains why childhood trauma should be the preeminent public health issue in America today and how we can all help change the lives of children for the better… Read more here – PR_Cheering for the Children.2015