“Juvy to Justice” Speaker Featured at Women’s Center Event

Carissa Phelps

Carissa Phelps

Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services will host its 34th annual luncheon on March 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Stockton Civic Auditorium.

This year, attorney, author, advocate and speaker Carissa Phelps will serve as keynote speaker. Her amazing “Juvy to Justice” story was a featured in an award-winning documentary, “Carissa.”

Family and Youth Services (FAYS) and the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County merged inn 2012 to become a new organization, Women’s Center–Youth & Family Services. The organization services specifically designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless and runaway youth.

The agency operates 4 offices and 4 shelters countywide, and has more than 75 years of combined experience serving youth and families in crisis.

After missing 7th, 8th and 9th grades, Phelps returned to a continuation school and graduated from high school in two-and-a-half years. She took back her life, and got a law degree and an MBA from UCLA.

Before she turned her life around, she had to survive minor sex trafficking. Abandoned at age 12, she wound up on the streets and was kidnapped and raped repeatedly.

In her memoir, “Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets One Helping Hand at a Time,” Phelps shares her extraordinary story of survival and how the unexpected kindness of a math teacher and a counselor transformed her life and helped her become a mentor and advocate.

For more information about the luncheon, including sponsorships and seating reservations, please visit womenscenteryfs.org or call (209) 941-2611.

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