Community Engagement

Coalition for Community Safety and Justice (CCSJ)

The Coalition for Community Safety and Justice (CCSJ) is a group of four Asian Pacific Islander (API) organizations — Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinese Progressive Association, New Breath Foundation, and Community Youth Center — formed to address the safety of the API community against violence, racism, and xenophobia. The objective of the Coalition is to build and establish a culturally competent API city-wide network and infrastructure that prioritize violence prevention and intervention programs.

The approach will be three-pronged:

Community Safety Infrastructure: Streamline service and assistance of API victims and survivors of crime through a city-wide social support infrastructure connecting them to services to aid in the healing and long-term recovery process. A community-based body will be formed to implement the planning and execution of the recommendations.

Community Outreach and Victim Wrap-around Services: Expand and leverage multiple outreach programs aligned with CCSJ’s values in Chinatown and other high-need districts. The outreach includes skilled street teams that will increase visibility and deepen relationships with the residents and businesses in each neighborhood.

The community response team specializes in addressing violence on the street or at school with assessment, intervention, mediation, referral and follow-up as appropriate. For victims of violence and crime, the team provides wrap-around services to the individual or families to assist them in their various needs towards recovery.

Community Healing and Restorative Justice Programming: Prioritize restorative justice work as the model to bring communities of color together and build trusting relationships. Restorative justice will help bring a shared understanding of experiences of people from different communities that will promote racial solidarity.

CCSJ has established a special Victim and Survivors Fund in which 100% of the donations will go to provide individuals and families affected with financial assistance for their immediate needs. Please visit the GoFundMe page below for more information.

For more information, please contact 415-775-2636 or [email protected]