Office of Community Awareness, Response and Engagement (CARE)

AG Access Justice Message

As part of the effort to advance justice for all Californians, California Attorney General Rob Bonta took quick action upon entering office to establish the Office of Community Awareness, Response, and Engagement (CARE) within the California Department of Justice (DOJ).

CARE works directly with community organizations, state and local elected officials, and members of the public to help ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives in the state’s work. Specifically, CARE focuses on cultivating relationships with historically marginalized and underrepresented communities in line with DOJ’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its work on behalf of the people of California, including in the fight for environmental, economic, and social justice.

Working in close conjunction with the entire DOJ, CARE seeks to be responsive to the needs of all Californians, including by coordinating directly with DOJ’s Office of Native American Affairs to ensure California’s indigenous communities are supported.

CARE's initial top-level goals

Demystifying the DOJ Presentation Series

In an effort to develop knowledge and awareness of the DOJ’s resources and programs, CARE hosts quarterly virtual presentations that are open to the public. These presentations are opportunities to learn directly from DOJ staff and ask questions regarding the work of DOJ’s various divisions, sections, bureaus, and offices.

The Demystifying the DOJ series will take place quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month from 10 AM – 11 AM (dates and times are subject to change).

Archive of Past Presentations

April 24, 2024 Demystifying the DOJ – Worker Rights and Fair Labor

January 16, 2024 Recording: Attorney General Bonta Leads Discussion on Efforts to Further Goals of the National Day of Racial Healing

The National Day of Racial Healing is observed annually in January and is intended as a time to reflect on our shared values and discuss how to heal from the impacts of racism — work that can and should continue throughout the year

November 15, 2023 Demystifying the DOJ: Housing

August 16, 2023 Demystifying the DOJ: Office of Gun Violence Prevention

May 17, 2023 Demystifying the DOJ: Re-Entry

April 17, 2023 Recording: Dialogue on Legacy of Cesar Chavez
February 24, 2023 Recording: Dialogue on Racial Healing Hosted by Attorney General Bonta
February 15, 2023 Demystifying the DOJ: Reproductive Rights

October 31, 2022 Recording: CA Resources to Address Hate Crimes Webinar

November 15, 2022 Demystifying the DOJ: Consumer Protections

August 23, 2022 Demystifying the DOJ: Hate Crimes

April 28, 2022 Demystifying the DOJ: Victims’ Services Unit

Certificate of Recognition and Program Letter Requests

The Attorney General’s Office offers certificates of recognition to individuals or organizations for milestones or commemorative events. The Attorney General’s Office also fields requests for event program letters. If you or your organization is interested in receiving a certificate of recognition or a program letter from the Attorney General’s Office please fill out the Certificate, Program Letter, and Retirement Letter Request Form. Please ensure that all details are accurate and complete.

Please note our office checks the status of charities operating in California. To check the status, go to our DOJ’s Registry of Charities and Fundraisers' Search Tool. Non-profit organizations must be in good standing when a request is considered.

Contact Information

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