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Kim Justice Rogers grew up in Atlanta, GA, and graduated from the Marist School and Vanderbilt University.  She worked as a Research Assistant at UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and is currently employed as a Program Officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham where her focus is in the areas of health and economic security.  

Kim is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Birmingham where she served as Community Vice President and as chair of the 1998 Antiques and Garden Show.  She is a Past Active of the Service Guild of Birmingham, where she received the Garnet Deramus Award for outstanding member.  Kim is a member of Leadership Birmingham, class of 2004, and her community experience includes service on a number of boards, including the YWCA, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Oasis Counseling for Women and Children and UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She has served as Program Chair for Youth Leadership Forum, and as President of the Birmingham Bar Auxiliary, the Junior Board of the YWCA, the Crestline Elementary School PTA and the Birmingham Women’s Softcourt Tennis League.  

Kim and her husband Bruce have two children, Sarah (Ben) and Matthew (Kristin) and is expecting her first grandchild this summer!

Why have you decided to serve as an inaugural Torchbearer for the JLB?
Because domestic violence in our community must end.  2016 was particularly violent year for domestic-related deaths. The numbers in our city doubled from nine in 2015 to 19 in 2016.  The Family Justice Center model has been identified as a best practice in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention services by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Communities with a center that follows the Family Justice Center model typically experience reduced homicides, increased victim safety, reduced fear and anxiety for victims, increased prosecution of offenders and increased community support for services to victims and their children. It is estimated in the U. S. that 75% of domestic violence cases and 54% of sexual assaults are never reported. Too often, victims are forced to relive the trauma of the crime each time they are asked to provide an account of the victimization to a different, separate agency. Victims can become frustrated and stop seeking help, returning to a dangerous situation or abusive partner. One Place seeks to remove these barriers, increase victim safety and empowerment and increase prosecution of offenders.  One Place Metro will impact many lives for years to come.  It is an honor to be involved in this effort to establish it.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
My family:  my children – and their children, and their children’s children.  No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, we all want the same thing for our children: a safe, vibrant and empowering community, free from prejudice and fear and open to opportunity and innovation.  We all want a strong foundation on which to build for the future.  The Birmingham community has so much to be proud of, but there is always room for growth and improvement.  I try to remember that “the true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” (Nelson Henderson) 

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