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East Los Angeles Women's Center

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Welcome to East Los Angeles Women’s Center

We are 40 years strong.

The First 40 Years:

The Next 40 Years:

Champion of Peace: Don Cheadle

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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