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Celebrating Our 2017 Mujeres de Paz Honorees

It is with great pride and pleasure we announce our 2017 Mujeres de Paz Annual Awards Dinner honorees, individuals who tirelessly work to end violence, create gender equality, and advocate for the disempowered.

Mujeres de Paz Award

Lilia Garcia-Brower
Executive Director
Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund

Sandra Diaz
Vice President & Political Director
SEIU United Service Workers West

Alejandra Valles
Secretary-Treasurer & USWW Chief of Staff
SEIU United Service Workers West

Inspirational Woman Award

Bamby Salcedo
President and CEO, TransLatin@Coalition

Champion of Justice

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles
Serving individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County

We invite you to be a part of this joyous evening as we celebrate the achievements of these inspiring honorees.

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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

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