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2014 Community Forum

Thursday, November 6, 2014 8:30 AM

Comm Forum
We are honored to convene this forum as part of a social movement to promote awareness and action in order to enhance the well being for all women and girls and their families. Please join us to create a systemic change in our communities.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Mujeres De Paz Vigil. ... “We sing for those who were silenced.”.

Over 300 men and women joined us on October 2, 2014 for the Annual Mujeres de Paz Candlelight Vigil

Every year we walk and hold a Vigil to honor survivors and victims, their families and friends. Our journey began at the mural of the La Virgen De Guadalupe on the corner of Mednik and Cesar Chavez Avenue. The procession traveled to Collegian and Cesar Chavez, and ended at the East Los Angeles College Performing Arts Center Courtyard where ceremonies included inspiring stories, dance, and song.  It was a beautiful evening with Danza Azteca Xochipili, Vice President Oscar Valeriano, Director of Athletics Al Cone, Detective Moses Castillo, ELAWC Counselor Debbie Suaste-Servin and Hector Perez-Pacheco and heartfelt testomonials from women and men impacted by domestic violence. The evening ended with a friendship danza and blessings.

With gratitude to our friends and sponsors East Los Angeles College, Violence Intervention Team, Associated Student Union, the ELAC Feminist Club, a special thanks to Andrea Owens from ELAC, Starbucks and Los Reyes Bakery, California Highway Patrol, the Boyle Heights Advisory Council, Hector Perez Pacheco, Xochipili , ELAC students, and ELAWC staff.

Announcing Instituto de Promotora


The East Los Angeles Women’s Center is proud to announce the expansion of our pioneering Promotora programs to provide technical training and assistance to collaborative partners in four communities throughout California.

The project, Instituto de Promotora, funded with a grant from the Blue Shield Foundation, will advance knowledge in the field of domestic violence by presenting methodologies to implement the empowerment-based Promotora model to better serve Latina women and girls in low-income, underserved communities.

ELAWC will serve as lead agency for the collaborative.The Promotora model, a proven, culturally competent approach, empowers and build relationships with women and girls isolated by culture and impacted by violence. Promotoras are trained and certified paraprofessionals who serve as trusted resources for women in their communities, helping families navigate healthcare and social service systems, teaching prevention for sexually transmitted disease, sexual and domestic violence, and building awareness for basic human rights

The Instituto de Promotora will focus on delivering training and technical assistance to increase the capacity of organizations to effectively assess institutional readiness and implement a Promotora program. In addition to on-site training, ELAWC will develop and deliver a comprehensive toolkit and online access to research, articles, calendars, recorded webinars, and training materials.

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