To reach women who are victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence, and offer support to those experiencing isolation due to economic and cultural challenges.
History and Vision
Because Justice Matters began as a simple dream to address injustice faced by women here in San Francisco. Our founder, Ruthie Kim, had been living and working in the Tenderloin district of the city for 8 years, witnessing the exploitation and isolation of the women she was reaching.
In 2008 we started working towards raising awareness of issues of trafficking and domestic violence, presenting to churches, youth groups, local schools and colleges. Towards the end of that year we launched our first Monday manicure outreach on a small table on the sidewalk and began developing our outreach to women and their families. We started as a small team, taking small steps and have gradually gathered momentum. Since then our services have grown to include street outreach, case management, ESL, parenting classes, mother’s breakfast and much more. We are currently working towards opening our first women’s center in order to better reach the community of women in the Tenderloin.
We believe in genuine relationships that are built over time, with a commitment to help women make choices that build a better life for them and their families. We want to see hope and dignity restored to every victim. We want to see systems change that benefit the abused and not the abuser. We want to see justice for every individual and every family. We are committed to the small steps that offer simple solidarity to someone in need as well as the large leaps that seek to end injustice and hold the guilty responsible.
We believe in:
- A God of justice and truth – Prayer, redemption and healing are integral pillars in our outreach programs.
- Solidarity with the oppressed – We are committed to relationship and the long term process of healing and restoration.
- Providing safety, support, and aftercare – Our response to injustice includes crisis intervention, referrals, support and encouragement.
- Exposure of injustice – We embrace awareness and education opportunities as a step towards change.
- Professionalism, ongoing training, and education for our staff – We seek to provide the best possible care to victims and survivors.
- The wholeness and well-being of our staff – We believe in well balanced rhythms and attention to self-care in the midst of our work.