What is Chesa doing to support victims?

Answer

  DA Boudin has also expanded the number of victim advocates to provide more support for crime victims. He has:

    • Expanded the DA’s Victim Services Division:
      • Added, for the first time ever, two advocates to focus exclusively on property crimes.
      • Increased the number of multilingual victim service advocates
        • From 1 Cantonese speaker to 5
        • 0 Mandarin speakers to 2
        • 1 Laotian speaker
        • 1 Tagalog speaker
        • 1 Hindi/Urdu speaker.
  • Increased the number of multilingual victim service advocates
  • Hired Kasie Lee, a multilingual Chinese American, as the Chief of Victim Services
  • Hired, for the first time ever, advocates to focus on property crimes.
  • Created new policies to expand language access for victims, including by providing in court translators for victims observing court proceedings (previously this service was only provided when they testified)
  • Advocated for sexual assault victims
  • Supported victimized small businesses
    • Provided merchants with reimbursements in vandalism cases (piloted in D5; since expanded citywide)
    • Filed civil prosecution against a law firm for fraudulently suing small businesses, often immigrant-owned