Christy Heiskala is a credentialed victim advocate at The Pride Law Firm, although we prefer to use the term survivor advocate. Christy is the first full-time victim advocate working for a civil law firm. Christy was determined to work with survivors of sexual assault and their families after her personal experience with the criminal and civil justice processes. Christy received her CA (Credentialed Advocate) from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Christy received Certified Victim Advocate training through the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime Technical Training and Assistance Center (OVTTAC). Christy received crisis intervention training from the Center for Community Solutions to become a sexual assault counselor certified by the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and served as a sexual assault response team (SART) advocate. Prior to that, Christy received training from Voices for Children and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster care children. Christy founded the non-profit, Educate to Eliminate, where she trains kids, adults, and organizations on child sexual abuse prevention. Christy is a member of the San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team, San Diego County Bar Association, and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Christy previously served on the following Lawyers Club of San Diego committees: Human Trafficking Collaborative, Sexual Harassment Task Force, Equality and Action Committee.
- Lawyers Club of San Diego
- San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team
- Educate to Eliminate 501 c(3)
- Live Well San Diego South Bay Committee