Longtime head of victims’ services in S.F. DA’s office to step down next month | #College. | #Students

A leading advocate for San Francisco’s crime victims is stepping down from her post at the District Attorney’s Office next month, the DA’s office announced Tuesday.

Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez was hailed by District Attorney Chesa Boudin as a pioneering force for victim advocacy programs in San Francisco, and whose work was modeled throughout the state.

“Dr. Castro Rodriguez was a champion for crime victims and survivors, and I am grateful for her dedication to improving our Victim Services division and for advocating on behalf of crime victims in San Francisco,” Boudin said in a statement. “Although we will certainly miss her presence, we know that the programs she launched and implemented will live on.”

Castro Rodriguez announced her departure internally on April 12, and her last day will be May 14. Taking her place in the interim is Assistant District Attorney Kasie Lee, who currently works in the DA’s juvenile division, officials said.

Lee steps into the role following last week’s death of a 7-month-old boy, whose caretaker is now charged with his murder. The suspect was arrested, but not charged, in two domestic violence cases earlier this year after prosecutors said the cases couldn’t be proven in court.

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