To advocate for innocent victims of violent crime, educate victims about their rights in the justice system and work with law enforcement to make our communities safer.
Who We Are
Justice Coalition is a grassroots 501 (c) 3 nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of innocent victims of crime in a five-county area of Northeast Florida. Victims have rights and Justice Coalition ensures they know those rights. It also provides support and encouragement from the time a crime is committed until the case is closed. Justice Coalition has helped thousands of crime victims by providing services specific to their immediate needs, including collaborating with the State Attorney’s Office, other nonprofits, businesses and volunteers to ensure victims are served.
Justice Coalition began in 1995 because of one man’s experience that changed his priorities. Ted Hires was the average businessman working sixty to eighty hours a week. His life changed the day he and his staff were robbed at gunpoint. As a victim of crime, Mr. Hires found the criminal justice system worked harder for the criminal than the victim. As a result, Mr. Hires formed Justice Coalition to make the justice system more responsive to victims.
Anyone can become a victim of crime at any time. No one is immune. Violent crime is on the rise and touches every walk of life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gary Hopkins, Chair
Beasley Auctioneers, Owner
Editor, Victims’ Advocate Newspaper
Community First Credit Union
Jacksonville Clay Target Sports
Chief, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Bernie de la Rionda
Office Manage / Advocate
Bilingual Victim Advocate
The Justice Coalition, Inc.
1935 Lane Avenue South, #1
Jacksonville, FL 32210