Check out the October 24, 2011 article by Stephen Magagnini, “Attorney honored for easing injustice against immigrants.” Sacramento Alice Wong became a civil rights lawyer to battle injustice and give voice to those immigrants who had none.
The Chinese American Council of Sacramento has given her the Frank Fat Founders’ Award for more than a decade of community activism. Not only is Alice Wong a positive role model for other women and students. Wong focused on domestic violence issues for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office from 1992 to 2006 and later in private practice. See, Law Offices of Jerry L. Chong and Alice W. Wong.
She’s also a role model for those youth with immigrant parents who don’t speak much English. And she emphasizes raising awareness for equality and fairness. After joining the Sacramento DA’s office, she got a $150,000 federal grant to create the District Attorney’s Citizens Academy – a 10-week class to build bridges between minority communities and law enforcement. Wong was the first Asian American prosecutor assigned to the Homicide Unit, and in 2006 the bar association named her Sacramento County Attorney of the Year.
She went into private practice with her mentor, veteran civil rights lawyer Jerry Chong. They’ve worked to overcome the distrust many Asian immigrants have of law enforcement. Immigrant families need to overcome fears of reporting domestic violence. She’s president of CAPITAL Foundation, a nonprofit that offered the first anger management counseling program for the API community.
Sacramento Family Court Services has certified three community organizations to provide anger management counseling in 10 Asian languages. If you need anger management classes for yourself or a relative or friend, groups in Sacramento that can help by offering classes and counseling include the Asian Pacific Community Counseling, Tofa Inc. and Altima Family Services.
According to the Sacramento Bee article, statistics of non-reporting and violence are alarming in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, as high as 60 percent. The plan in Sacramento is to educate API teens. Sacramento youth need to overcome any taboo on getting help for domestic violence issues. Here’s where you or your family and friends can get help in Sacramento through anger management counseling.
Agencies providing anger management counseling for the Asian Pacific Island community in Sacramento include the following services: Altima Family Services. Email: [email protected], Altima Family Services is located at 2628 El Camino Avenue, Suite D-2, Sacramento, CA 95821. See the website, Sacramento Superior Court Anger Management, Asian Pacific Community Counseling, and TOFA Inc.
Looking for a scholarship? See the site, TOFA, INC. Scholarship Application. Also see, TOFA Inc. Ten Year Celebration – YouTube. TOFA is a non-profit organization for Pacific Islanders who need community resources and assistance with educational, career and related issues. The mission of TOFA is to preserve and enhance the overall health and wellness of the Pacific Islander Community in the Greater Sacramento Area by providing resources that support and promote higher education, community leadership opportunities, civil rights awareness, and cultural arts.
The agencies working with individuals of Asian and Pacific Island ethnicity have workers who speak various languages such as English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, and some European languages such as Russian and Ukrainian. The Asian Pacific Community Counseling organization has a strong youth violence prevention program. Need to speak with someone who understands Marshallese? See, Marshallese phrasebook.