The final destination on my tour is the Alameda County Family Justice Center, located in Oakland. This center is a one-stop shop for a multitude of different resources aimed at victims of human trafficking and victims of other forms of interpersonal violence. The center serves sexually exploited minors, victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and stalking. The Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) has over thirty different agencies in one place and offers a broad spectrum of different services including counseling, getting a restraining order, help with navigating the legal system, computer training, resume writing and a financial literacy program. All of the services the Alameda County Family Justice Center provides are free of charge.
The ACFJC is included on this tour because it is an incredible community resource that many people do not know about. The legal system can be difficult to navigate and even minor processes like getting a restraining order can be extremely complicated and time consuming. The ACFJC aims to break down these barriers and ensure that victims of interpersonal violence receive the services they need to obtain “safety, healing, and self empowerment.”
The Alameda County Family Justice Center is significant to victims and survivors of interpersonal violence and specifically to victims of human trafficking. While this is an important Oakland resource, it is not typically included in information about Human Trafficking in the Bay Area. The ACFJC is also significant to all takers of this tour. By visiting this location, tour takers will learn about a valuable resource that they can then refer their friends and family to. Also, in the instance that a tour taker is currently a victim of trafficking or interpersonal violence, he or she will finish the tour of Oakland with information about an important resource where help can be found. The Alameda County Family Justice Center is open Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00pm. No appointment is necessary.