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Deputy public defender recognized for her work with children
Deputy Public Defender Sandra “Sandy” Wingfield from the Central Juvenile Unit received an award for her tireless work representing children at the 16th Annual “Shine A Light On Child Abuse” Awards Breakfast.
Numerous individuals from many county departments such as Children and Family Services, and Department of Behavioral Health, and individuals from the community and private sectors were also honored.
Sandy is a respected fixture in the Juvenile Court community. She helps find housing for the children who are aging out of juvenile services and have no place to live. She locates services in the community for minors with special needs. She is instrumental in finding mental health care, counseling, medication, and available drug rehabilitation beds for children who suffer from drug addiction. Overall, she is just a great asset to the office and the juvenile community in San Bernardino.
Within the office, Sandy has been a mentor for the newer attorneys in the office. She is always available to answer questions, advise on cases and challenge attorneys to do better in their representation of children. She is also the lead attorney in all of our juvenile specialty courts, Drug Court, 241 committee, CITA court, to name a few. Her professional demeanor and presentation is respected by the court, her peers, opposing counsel, and most of all, by the children she serves.