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It’s Awards Season! Announcing our 2015 Mujeres de Paz Honorees.

Mujeres de Paz AwardWe are delighted to announce ELAWC has selected our honorees for the Mujeres de Paz Annual Awards Dinner on March, 27 2015

Every year we honor individuals and organizations who demonstrate an uncommon commitment to improving the lives of women and girls in our communities and to ending violence and HIV/AIDS. Their work enlarges the circle of peace and enriches lives.

This year we are pleased to recognize:

  • Martha Gonzalez, PhD, , Assistant Professor at Scripps College & Member of Quetzal
  • Jean G. Champommier, PhD, President & CEO, Alma Family Service.
  • Linda Fischer, Author,Spokesperson on Sexual Assault in the Military.
  • The California Endowment, Empresa con Espíritu/Corporate Award
  • Please join us to honor their work and share a beautiful evening with wonderful food, music, and dancing at Luminaria’s Restaurant in Monterey Park.  Most importantly, you’ll be part of an inspiring community making a real difference in the lives of women and families every day.

    All proceeds support our ongoing efforts to educate and empower women and their families.


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    International Women’s Day and National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    On March 8th, thousands of events are held around the world to honor International Women’s Day, and on March 10th we observe National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a nationwide observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.

    In honor of these two days ELAWC is launching a campaign to raise awareness of Human Trafficking and the Prevention of HIV/AIDS. ELAWC is also releasing an Assessment Study on Human Trafficking and HIV Prevention with a Focus on Latinas conducted in 2014.

    Our Campaign - was funded by the City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator’s Office, the study aimed to better define the causes and consequences of human sex trafficking, with particular attention to HIV risk and potential strategies for reducing HIV risk.

    It’s not what you think...
                Human trafficking is in our backyard

    While women strengthen and contribute to families and societies in countless ways, the strong gender imbalance still exists internationally with regards to HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls. In order to make a difference, we must fight harder. This requires fighting against the subordination of women and girls and most importantly encouraging others to speak the truth about human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and domestic and sexual violence in the world today.

      Worldwide, women constitute more than half of all people living with HIV.
      The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
      African Americans and Hispanics represent 27% of all women in the U.S. but they account for 79% of HIV cases among women.

    Download the Assessment Study of Human Trafficking and Prevention of HIV

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