Stockton Record: Justice for loved ones: Survivors Speak program helps victims unpack trauma and heal
Jessica Salcedo was a day from turning 25 when she was found dead at a vehicle repair shop in south Stockton.
On July 2, 2016, the mother of two had made plans to meet someone about some money that was owed. She never returned home. Police found her body the next day.
That is all Salcedo’s mother, Beatriz Barajas, knows about the death of her daughter.
“We’re all here today to ask for justice for our loved ones,” she said in Spanish on Thursday afternoon during the Survivors Speak Stockton: Breaking Silence program sponsored by the Stockton Police Department and the Office of Violence Prevention.
Stockton’s Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, which is affiliated with Californians for Safety and Justice, created this space for victims of all background to share their story from “healing to action,” said Tashante McCoy-Ham, who coordinated the event.
“It’s really about giving a space for communities to come together and unpack their own trauma and heal,” said Anna Cho Fenley, director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice.