Community Partnership Spotlight: Jessica Pride

Jessica-PrideThis July, longtime supporter, advocate, volunteer and philanthropist, Jessica Pride was inducted as CCS Board President.  CCS’ long time partnership with Jessica Pride empowers survivors of sexual assault and acts as a catalyst for social justice. Learn more about our incoming Board President!

Career 

Jessica Pride is a partner at The Pride Law Firm. She has dedicated her entire legal career to the representation of victims of sexual assault, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. She has garnered numerous successes. Ms. Pride has settled several high-profile confidential sexual assault cases. She was selected from over a hundred applicants to speak at the upcoming International Violence Against Women conference about the civil remedies available to sexual assault victims. When she’s not working to improve her community in a courtroom, Ms. Pride is active with legal bar associations and volunteer organizations. Ms. Pride believes community service is the duty and privilege of every attorney, and she’s proud to do her part.

Ms. Pride describes the importance of financial justice by referencing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. She explains in order for victims to heal and take back their power, the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and safety must be met.  Often times, due to the trauma experienced, victims of sexual assault are unable
to meet those basic needs. Financial justice can offer a first step on the road to empowering survivors and giving them the means to meet those needs.

Community and CCS 

Ms. Pride has a deep-rooted passion for serving her community.  She accredits her drive to serve others from a sense of civic duty instilled in her by her parents’ example. They have given in multiple ways such as feeding the homeless on holidays, participating in adopt-a-family holiday programs, donating to toy drives, and engaging in many other philanthropic endeavors.  As an adult, Jessica carved her own path by volunteering in the Big Brothers/Big Sister’s program for six years, and even worked as a Wish Granter for the Make a Wish Foundation. While working at San Diego’s Casey Gerry law firm, she fought for her first sexual assault survivor and felt the personal reward and vindication that come with helping a victim seek justice — and succeeding.  Ms. Pride felt that she had found her true calling, which led her to seek out Center for Community Solutions to find out how she could continue helping survivors of sexual assault.

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Co-Chairs of CCS Annual Tea & Tonic fundraiser: (left to right) Lisa Stennes-Laikind, Samantha Atlas, Jessica Pride, Kathleen Medina

At CCS, Ms. Pride attended the state approved 60-hour Crisis Intervention Training, which ultimately motivated her decision to break into her own practice specializing in serving survivors of sexual assault.  For over seven years, Ms. Pride has been a volunteer, supporter, and advocate for CCS.  Over the past two years, Ms. Pride has served on the CCS Board of Directors as Vice-President, Executive Board, and Co-Chaired our annual Tea & Tonic Fundraiser event.  She personally and professionally contributes to CCS by donating time, funds, and services to the mission to end intimate partner violence and sexual assault.  Additionally, she sends her staff to CCS to receive the same state-approved, trauma-informed training in order to better serve their clients.

 

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The quickly growing social media awareness campaign #WheelsForHer is Ms. Pride’s public service initiative in ending sexual violence.  Shocked and disheartened by the Stanford rape case, Ms. Pride was equally inspired by the two brave men on bicycles who not only stopped the rape in progress, but also chased and caught the attacker.  WheelsForHer supporters post photos of themselves on any type of wheels; bikes, skates, scooters, etc. to display a commitment to help end sexual assault.  The WheelsForHer movement has aligned with Center Community Solutions to the take the commitment even further and engage every member of our community to give their support and #StartTheConvo around preventing and educating others about sexual violence.  By joining in these initiatives, folks stand in solidarity with all survivors of sexual assault, and promote everyone’s essential role in ending sexual violence.

CCS is honored and grateful to work alongside Jessica Pride.  The relationship between CCS and Jessica Pride has offered hope, healing, and social justice for survivors. We look forward to the leadership, compassion and expertise Ms. Pride brings to our cause!

Ms. Pride surmises perfectly: “I can’t wait to see the good things we can do.  When we work together we can create change.”

 

Learn more:

Jessica Pride & The Pride Law Firm

About CCS

WheelsForHer

 

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