Escondido attorney to be honored for fighting domestic violence

Christina Helwig

Escondido-resident Christina Helwig will be honored at the 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards on April 24 for taking a leading role to end domestic violence.

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards recognizes outstanding community volunteers from the Irvine-based Nonprofit, Human Options

Human Options, an Irvine-based nonprofit leading the way towards ending the cycle of domestic violence, congratulates two volunteers and one volunteer group on their upcoming recognition at the 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.

Two attorneys, Christina Helwig and Melinda Gomez, and the 19-member emergency shelter parent and teen mentor group from Human Options will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the community in the area of human and family services.

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards will be held Monday, April 24, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

Attorney Christina Helwig has been a pro bono volunteer of Human Options for over five years. Helwig began meeting with clients at the Human Options emergency shelter, assessing their legal needs around immigration relief. Helwig has also provided her legal expertise in Immigration Law as part of the State mandated 40-hour domestic violence training Human Options provides for the community, new staff, and volunteers.

She volunteers at a Human Options Family Resource Center for a monthly Immigration Law Clinic, providing vital education to survivors of domestic violence about the types of immigration relief they are eligible for—often a major step in assisting victims to leave their abusive partners amidst the fear of deportation. She works as attorney at Helwig Law Offices, and is a resident of Escondido.

For more information about the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards visit https://www.oneoc.org/volunteers/spirit-of-volunteerism/

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