For many of us, the approaching holidays stir feelings of happiness and joy. The weeks leading up to holiday celebrations are filled with phone calls, planning, and excitement about family gatherings, sharing meals, and exchanging laughter and gifts. But for those in our community who have suffered the trauma of crime victimization, the holidays may look and feel different.
More than 1,000 bullets were fired. At least 800 people were wounded. Sixty beautiful lives were lost. Countless lives were changed forever. Five years later, on October 1st, 2022, we went back to Las Vegas to assist with the remembrance events.
Recently, four youth ages 12-16 from across Riverside County who are part of the DA’s Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) outreach had the unique opportunity to take part in a Youth Mentoring Summit in our nation’s capital. They were accompanied by CPU and SAFE Family Justice Center staff. We thought you might like to meet these four outstanding young people and hear about their experience during this trip.
“Be a sponge. Take in all the information you learn and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Have an open mind," Isaiah Banuelos says to those taking part in any internship.
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Elder abuse can occur in many different situations and can include physical, financial, or sexual abuse. Please check out this guest blog article to learn more and find out about resources available to seniors.