NEWS-Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Services recently elected Julianna Hart, Senior Studio Manager, Sephora; and Alexandra Phelps, Alexandra Phelps Events, to their Board of Directors. Re-elected volunteer board members are Jennifer Gonzales, Chief of Police, City of Napa Police Department; Oscar Ortiz, Sheriff, Napa County Sheriff’s Department; Kass Simon; and Lance Spears, Owner/CFO, Lance Spears Financial Consulting, LLC.
We, the Bay Area Domestic Violence Shelter Collaborative, stand in solidarity with Asian and Asian-American communities who continue to face unimaginable violence and hate across the country. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a pattern of anti-Asian violence fueled by the rhetoric of white supremacy movements and legislators from the far right and conservative media outlets who have continued to blame the Asian community for the virus. This rhetoric continues to escalate violence which has resulted in numerous fatalities, disabling injuries and inflicted trauma and fear for the individual victims and the entire Asian and Asian American communities.
"The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award was presented to NEWS, dedicated to providing safety, hope, healing and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Last year, NEWS continued to provide all programming without putting the health of their staff or clients at risk, serving a total of 1,560 individuals, 247 of which were sexual assault survivors, nearly ½ of those were children under the age of 18. "