Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin recently presented Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington with the first-ever Michael A. Hestrin Family Justice Award in recognition of his dedication to protecting the county’s families.
The presentation was made earlier this month during an annual meeting of the Safe Alternatives for Everyone (S.A.F.E.), a nonprofit that provides services for children, youth and families who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and violence.
Washington was a founding member of the organization’s board member and has supported S.A.F.E. for many years. Hestrin and Melissa Donaldson, director of the District Attorney’s Division of Victim Services, presented the award to Washington for his dedication to “Ensuring Safety, Seeking Justice, and Protecting Families.”
“As a Riverside County supervisor, Mr. Washington continued to not only support S.A.F.E. but help build services in the Family Justice Centers. Supervisor Washington cares about families and has demonstrated that time and again throughout his public service career,” said fellow board member Donaldson. S.A.F.E. has been a partner with the Riverside County Family Justice Centers since the opening of the first Family Justice Center in 2005. The Family Justice Centers provide confidential co-located and multi-disciplinary services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, human trafficking and sexual assault. Accepting the award Washington shared, “Back in 1997, as a Murrieta councilman, I joined other local leaders as we formed Safe Alternatives for Everyone to address domestic violence. I am beyond speechless and so excited about how far we’ve come!” According to county officials, the new award is designed to highlight Hestrin’s support of crime prevention and community collaboration with law enforcement.
Header Photo: Melissa Donaldson, Mike Hestrin and Chuck Washington