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ELAWC Featured in the LA Weekly


Take a look at the LA Weekly’s in-depth report on the Eastside Mujeres Network, a collective of lawyers, social workers, church organizers, mothers, bike punks, artists, jiu-jitsu masters and filmmakers who are taking to the streets and social media to combat violence against women in LA’s Eastside neighborhoods. The article highlights the work of ELAWC in the community, as well as other organizations like Justice For My Sister and Ovarian Psycos’ and includes a great video.

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Join Us At the Mujeres De Paz Candlelight Vigil: October 13




ELAWC Expands Promotora Training In Western States

Brings Innovative Program to Agencies in Washington, Arizona, and California

With funding from the Avon Foundation for Women (AVON), ELAWC has successfully presented its pioneering Promotoras Contra la Violencia curriculum to 45 agencies in California, Washington, and Arizona, with additional training slated in Oregon and Pennsylvania in the fall. 


The training and technical assistance provided by ELAWC expands the knowledge and capacity of local organizations to deliver culturally-responsive programs and services to address the unique needs of Latinas impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

ELAWC is grateful to share this empowerment-based model throughout the nation as part of AVON’s $1.5 million investment in domestic violence prevention.

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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