Casey Gwinn serves as the President of Alliance for HOPE International. For more information about the work of Alliance for HOPE International, go to www.allianceforhope.com.
Casey began his career as prosecutor in the San Diego City Attorney's Office. In 1996, Casey successfully ran for San Diego City Attorney. He served as the elected City Attorney from 1996-2004, leading an office of 350 staff members including attorneys, investigators, and support staff. During Casey's tenure, the City Attorney's Office was recognized as one of the leading places to work with a law degree in America by Harcourt, Brace. Casey was honored at the local, state, and national level as a dynamic and visionary leader. In 2002, Casey's vision to create the first Family Justice Center in America became a reality -- bringing 25 agencies together under one roof to meet the needs of survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking. Casey's work and the work of the allied agencies of the Family Justice Center have been widely credited with the 90% drop in domestic violence homicides in the City of San Diego between 1985-2008.
In 2003, President George W. Bush created the President's Family Justice Center Initiative inspired by the success of the San Diego Family Justice Center model and asked Casey to provide leadership to the Initiative. Today, Casey's vision and work has produced more than 100 Family Justice Centers across the United States and around the world. For more information about the rapidly expanding Family Justice Center movement, go to www.familyjusticecenter.org.
Casey is also the founder of Camp HOPE America, the first dedicated camping and mentoring program in the country focused on children and teens impacted by domestic violence. Camp HOPE began as a program of the San Diego Family Justice Center in the summer of 2003. Today, Camp HOPE America now operates across the United States. Follow Camp HOPE America at: www.camphopeamerica.org.
Casey has been recognized as one of the top 45 public attorneys in America by American Lawyer Magazine. His work has been profiled on the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC Nightly News, CNN, The Early Show on CBS, USA Today, New Yorker Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
Casey is a widely sought after local, state, and national speaker. He has spoken as a keynote speaker in nearly 50 states and 10 countries.
Casey has authored or co-authored ten books and hundreds of articles and blogs. His most recent book, Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma is a clarion call to mitigate the impacts of childhood trauma in order to reduce crime and mental illness in America. Cheering for the Children is available at www.amazon.com and on the website of Alliance for HOPE International.
Casey is married to Beth Gwinn. He is the proud father of three grown children and three grandchildren.