Joliet – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Jeff Brown, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Sex Crimes Unit, has been elected Vice President of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI). CACI is a chapter of the National Children’s Alliance which coordinates and supports Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout Illinois.
The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. Glasgow founded the Will County CAC in 1995 to provide hope, healing, and justice for children who have endured sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect, and exposure to violence.
Glasgow assigned Brown to the Will County CAC’s multidisciplinary team, comprised of law enforcement, DCFS investigators, forensic interviewers, child and family advocates, trauma therapists, medical personnel, and prosecutors. He also serves as a facility dog handler to therapy dog Kiwi, one of the canines in Glasgow’s groundbreaking Paws for Kids program that provides support to the children receiving services at the Will County CAC. Since Glasgow founded the center, it has served some 8,900 children throughout Will County.
“Our Children’s Advocacy Centers protect our most precious and most vulnerable resource – our children,” Glasgow said. “It is imperative that all of our Children’s Advocacy Centers are supported by compassionate, dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed individuals. I strongly supported Jeff’s appointment to the CACI Board in 2019, and it comes as no surprise that Jeff was the unanimous choice for Vice President.”
“The children of Illinois deserve to wake up in the morning and go to bed at night without fear of being abused,” Brown said. “I want to thank State’s Attorney Glasgow for giving me the opportunity to protect those who are not able to protect themselves. Serving as Vice President of CACI provides an opportunity to work on behalf of children at an even broader level. It is an honor to be selected for this position by this highly respected organization.”
According to Will County CAC Executive Director Lisa Morel Las, “Jeff is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable members of society, and I am thrilled that he is able to use his passionate expertise to support and sustain Illinois' CACs.”
In addition to prosecuting sex crimes, Brown was selected by Glasgow to head up the Animal Protection Unit in the State’s Attorney’s office. Glasgow created the Unit in conjunction with the League of Extraordinary Canines & Friends, a countywide initiative he established to address animal cruelty and neglect with the goal of protecting humans as well. Violence against animals is often a precursor to violence against humans, and perpetrators of domestic violence abuse or threaten to abuse animals to control their victims.
“Children and animals are defenseless and we have a moral imperative to protect them. On a daily basis, Jeff Brown stands up for both,” Glasgow said. “Jeff will be a tremendous resource for Will County as Vice President of the CACI Board.”
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