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East Los Angeles Women's Center

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Welcome to East Los Angeles Women’s Center

Thank You! Because of You, We Continue.

What a wonderful evening we shared on May 20, at the Mujeres de Paz Annual Awards Dinner!  More than 400 attended this year’s award dinner at the Omni Hotel.

Together we celebrated the amazing legacy of two visionary founders, the generosity of a humanitarian, the courage and resilience of a survivor, and the commitment of a corporation

Thank you to all our donors, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters.  Because of you, we continue.

In gratitude,

Barbara Kappos, Executive Director
& the ELAWC Board of Directors and Staff

40 Years / 40 Stories


We are a community, and nothing gets done just by one person, it gets done in relationship to each other. For forty years this organization has been led by leaders in the movement, dedicated staff and committed volunteers, there’s no way that the power of women empowering each other does not work.
Connie Destito, ELAWC Co-Founder

Our 40 Years/ 40 Stories project highlights the profound voices behind the development and growth of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center.

We selected forty of the most significant personalities and are bringing you their fascinating profiles. You will hear from our founders, community leaders, volunteers, and survivors, an extraordinary roster of influencers who played a major part in supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles.

Sharing stories and human connection is at the heart of our work here at ELAWC, and we hope you find our journey as inspiring to read as it has been to witness first-hand.


Profiles by Jessie Askinazi and photography by Dianna Martinez


Featured Events

Mujeres de Paz Annual Candlelight Vigil  >
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mujeres de Paz Annual Candlelight Vigil

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