Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Y. Price announces the appointment of Karla Elias-Flores as the Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC).
Ms. Elias-Flores has worked at the ACFJC for more than 15 years, first as a victim advocate with ACFJC partner, the Family Violence Law Center and most recently serving as the ACFJC Associate Director, South County Coordinator.
Ms. Elias-Flores holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Public Policy from California State University East Bay, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an option of Social Work and a minor in American Sign Language from the California State University East Bay. In addition, Elias-Flores is a certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Certified Rape Crisis Counselor in California.
“The mission of the Alameda County Family Justice Center is ensuring access to justice: you can’t have healing, without first finding justice,” said DA Pamela Price. “I’m excited to lead the way forward for survivors to obtain justice. Ms. Elias-Flores brings 15 years of experience in helping survivors navigate the next steps in their healing process. Her genuine compassion for survivors and families makes her the ideal Executive Director to move the ACFJC forward.”
“I am so grateful to DA Price for this opportunity to take ACFJC in a new, bold forward trajectory,” said Interim Executive Director Elias-Flores. “The ACFJC crew is my family, and I’m so ready to lead us into work that will make a difference for not only domestic violence survivors, but Alameda County as a whole.”
The DA’s Office has also been awarded a $100,000 grant, by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, which will help domestic violence survivors utilize restraining orders against abusers who should not be in possession of firearms. Limiting the presence of firearms in these dangerous or abusive situations will help reduce the likelihood of severe injury or fatality.
“It is imperative that members of our community, especially survivors of domestic violence, know that we have options to reduce risks of harm when seeking safety,” stated DA Price, a survivor of domestic violence herself. “This grant will increase awareness of and access to tools that already exist to help limit access to firearms and prevent serious harm and fatalities in our community.”
The ACFJC is a one-stop shop for a variety of services under one roof, including services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child and elder abuse, dependent adult abuse, commercially sexually exploited minors, and stalking.