Giving Back

Nina Salarno-Besselman is committed to giving back and has been serving our community for decades. Giving back is not a hollow saying or tagline –it’s her priority. In both her legal practice and in her community efforts, she believes in rolling up our sleeves and making a difference in people’s lives.

All American Rib Cookoff

This event was the brainchild of Nina to combine great food, a fun-filled afternoon and support worthwhile community causes. She remains active in the planning and implementation of this annual event since it’s inception in 2016. 
Previous charitable beneficiaries from the Cookoff have included Crime Victims United, ARD Youth Assistance, Placer County Sheriff Explorers, Gold Country Rodeo Queens, Gold Country Young Life, The Samantha Jacks Foundation, Grace House, Redemption Youth Ranch, Placer High and High Fives Foundation, Hip Hop Congress and other local charities.

Comfort Bags

Nina and Crime Victims United provide comfort bags which are placed in police vehicles and contain toiletries, toys, kids’s blankets and other items and provide comfort to survivors at crime scenes.  
This year, 200 Comfort Bags were presented to the Auburn Police Department. Local residents, businesses, Gold Country Rotary and Auburn Rotary all contributed to this year’s program’s success.

Community Resource Clinics

Nina worked with Gold Country Church to establish free Community Resource Clinics for families and individuals. These clinics gathered together professionals who donated their time to provide assistance to those who needed help. Some of the resources included legal assistance, crime victims’ resources, mental health, suicide prevention, housing assistance, financial services and more.

Hear Us Yolo

The Hear Us Yolo coalition includes collaborations with Nina, the Yolo District Attorney, Crime Victims United and other agencies to help victims become survivors. In its formative stage, Hear Us Yolo will encompass multiple forms of advocacy to include social media, education, legislation, and restorative justice that features the journey of the crime victim and survivor in the criminal justice system. 

Other Community Involvement

Nina volunteers for several groups dedicated to assisting victims and enhancing public safety. She serves as:

  • Executive director for Californians United for Public Safety;
  • Project Director for Beyond Missing, a law enforcement resource for creating and distributing missing children flyers;
  • Executive Board Member for Crime Victims United, which gives a voice to victims who don’t have one. 

Nina is also active in the following community organizations:

  • Auburn Women in Networking (2019)
  • President (2020), Auburn Old Town Business Association (2019 to present)
  • Auburn Chamber of Commerce (2019 to present)

Nina has been repeatedly honored for her dedication to the cause of victims’ rights and has received:

  • California Correctional Peace Officers Association’s John Wayne Crime Fighter Award
  • Orange County Award for writing California’s Amber Alert
  • Advocate Angel award from the KlaasKids Foundation
  • National Business and Professional Women’s Organization’s Young Careerist for Placer County