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Breaking Patterns and Meeting Needs: A Q&A on Community Safety

Over the past year, Carl Takei has grown ALC’s criminal justice reform program to provide more legal and advocacy services to low-income, immigrant Asian, Pacific Islander, Arab, and Middle Eastern communities in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties. Today, the six member-team is helping people recover from harm, feel safer, and prevent the harm from happening again, including through a new free legal clinic that provides culturally-sensitive services for victims and survivors of violence in the languages they use.

We talked to Carl about how these experiences and his own family history have shaped his approach to community lawyering.