When you think of domestic violence services to victims, one quickly thinks of China Fortson. She has dedicated her life working on behalf of victims and their families. She is a sought-after speaker who has trained the faith community, social service and criminal justice programs nationally to identify and support victims of domestic violence.
To see her integrity questioned in the front page of your newspaper (7-11) is a sad day in the long history of advocacy services in the City of Tacoma.
As a former staff to the city’s Domestic Violence Task Force, I am fully aware of the years of work that has gone into guaranteeing victim confidentiality and safety in the work of all city employees. The confidentiality rules of victim service advocates are codified in state law, and advocates like Fortson are licensed and receive training in the protection of victims.
She has done an admirable job for the City of Tacoma and has my support. Countless victims and their children have been saved by her dedicated work.