Dear Ebridge Members:
Special thanks to Washington Hospital Health Care System for their gracious donation of counseling space at 1900 Mowry, Suite 401 in Fremont. Also thanks to Fremont Bank Foundation for a grant to furnish our new office space.
Special thanks to Berkeley High and GUNN High School students for their generous donation from their Vagina Monologue productions.
In 1993, Inner Wheel of San Leandro came to us with the offer to supply new clothing to rape survivors who go through the forensic exam where their clothing is taken as evidence.
Inner Wheel International is one of the largest women’s volunteer organizations in the world. They are in 103 countries, have 3,895 clubs and over 100,000 members. Inner Wheel U. S. A. members spread friendship, understanding and encourage personal service.
For more than a decade, Inner Wheel of San Leandro has been providing sexual assault survivors with “Kare Kits” which include new sweatpants, sweat shirts, underwear, socks, prepasted toothbrush, wipes, a comb and a healthy snack (donated by Clif Bar).
What Survivors say: “Really, for me?”, “You mean I can keep them?” “They are so cozy; it feels like a big hug.” Speaking with a survivor a week later, “I have been wearing the sweats you gave me every day; they are only thing I feel safe in.”
Thank you Inner Wheel of San Leandro for showing survivors that the community cares!
Thank you to the Inner Wheel San Leandro members appearing in the pictures above:
On April 4, 2014 in a formal ceremony in Washington D.C., BAWAR was the recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award from FBI San Francisco. The award was for the work done in Oakland and Alameda county by BAWAR’s SEM program to combat sex trafficking of minors and adults, and BAWAR is one of 56 agencies nationwide to be recognized for their hard work in education and preventing crime and violence. This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens. For coverage of the event, see the FBI press release and Oakland Unite’s website. To learn more about BAWAR’s SEM proram, visit bawarsem.org. .
BAWAR would like to give a big thank you to San Francisco State’s Wind Ensemble for its fundraiser for BAWAR. On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the Wind Ensemble held a world premiere of “Dreams Haunt Me”, a piece composed and conducted by Brad Hart for a friend of his who is a survivor. As an article in the Golden Gate Express says,
The piece, haunting and dark, conveys the feelings of the girl left traveling this unwarranted journey and coping with the new feelings and insecurities it carries. By the end of the song, the audience was on their feet, shouting “bravo” as Hart bowed and was thanked for presenting a powerful piece that so many people could relate to.
Thank you again to the San Francisco State Wind Ensemble for its support of sexual assault survivors. To read more about the concert, go to the Golden Gate Express article.
Pat Mims, the program coordinator of BAWAR’s SEM Program, has received the 2014 Freedom House Stewardship Award. BAWAR has enjoyed collaborating with Freedom House in the guidance and support of human-trafficking survivors since 2010. In their letter to Pat, Freedom House wrote:
Your leadership in building awareness in the community about commcercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and the need for more direct services is commendable. Freedom House also appreciates your sharing your expertise as a presenter during its shelter volunteer training programs…”Hope and a Future” is this year’s Gala theme. Your tremendous work at BAWAR is providing both to young women and children.
Pat will be recognized for his and SEM’s work at the Freedom House 5th Annual Gala on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Foster City. . For more information about the Gala or to buy tickets, visit Freedom House’s Events page.
For more information about the SEM program, please visit bawarsem.org.
BAWAR has received the 2014 David Cunningham Community Service Award from the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) for its work providing support and advocacy to people who are at risk for or who have been sexually and/or commercially exploited, via its SEM program. On March 22nd, 2014 at 6pm at the Oakland Marriott Center, BAWAR will be presented the award during CABL’s Installation Dinner & Gala. To learn more about the award, the dinner and CABL, read the letter BAWAR received below. This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens.
To learn more about the SEM program and services provided, click here.
On January 30th, 2014 from 10am to 12pm at the Alameda County Family Justice Center, BAWAR was the recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award from FBI San Francisco. The award was for the work done in Oakland and Alameda county by BAWAR’s SEM program to combat sex trafficking of minors and adults, and BAWAR is one of 56 agencies nationwide to be recognized for their hard work in education and preventing crime and violence. The director of the SEM program, Pat Mims, will be flown to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. in April to participate in a formal ceremony to acknowledge BAWAR’s work. This award could not have been accomplished without our numerous community partners, Oakland Unite, Cross Bay Collaborative, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, and concerned citizens.