Wende Julien: The Opportunity To Be In Their Lives Is A Blessing For Me

Bonus Babies

Jun 25 2021 • 53 mins


Jayne Amelia Larson talks with the powerhouse Wendelyn Julien who served as CEO of CASA of Los Angeles from 2016-2021, and is now the Executive Director of the new Probation Oversight Commission at Los Angeles County. She is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in social justice work with a focus on improving our community for young people. Wende is a biological parent of three, adoptive parent of one, and has been a foster parent twice. She serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer and is about to embark on her third case. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona (BA/BS), Arizona State University (Masters of Public Administration) and USC (Juris Doctorate). She is originally from Flagstaff, Arizona and her parents are also both social justice advocates.

This is Wende’s mantra:

IN LAK’ECH

Tú eres mi otro yo. You are my other me.
Si te hago daño a ti, If I do harm to you,
Me hago daño a mi mismo. I do harm to myself.
Si te amo y respeto, If I love and respect you,
Me amo y respeto yo. I love and respect myself.

Go to NationalCASAGAL.org to find out more about becoming a CASA anywhere in the US, and CASALA.org in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Probation Oversight Committee