In 2012, Victor Abadia joined the Los Angeles Job Corps team as the Director of Administrative Services. In the beginning of May 2015, Victor became the Director for Corporate Compliance at the YWCA Greater Los Angeles and he is now the Los Angeles Job Corps Center Director. Victor brings 25 years of experience in the private and public sector working as an educator, consultant, and leader, nationally and internationally. Victor completed graduate, undergraduate, and post-graduate studies in Engineering, Education and Organizational Leadership.
Entertainment Tonight’s Bonnie Tiegel, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Supervisor Hilda Solis
On May 13, 2015, YWCA Greater Los Angeles held the 2015 Phenomenal Woman Awards Luncheon, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Bonnie Tiegel, Entertainment Tonight/Insider Senior Producer, received this year’s inaugural Phenomenal Woman Media Award; Congresswoman Maxine Waters received the 2015 Phenomenal Woman Legacy Award; and Supervisor Hilda Solis received the 2015 Phenomenal Woman of the Year award. Attendees also enjoyed listening to guest speaker, Dallas Fowler, Commissioner Delegate, City of Los Angeles.
On May 2015, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles officially unveiled the Digital Learning Academy during a ribbon cutting ceremony and offered tours to attendees. This innovative partnership between the YWCA and Xerox provides training, hands-on experience, certification, and employment placement to an underserved youth population while offering a quality, low-cost printing solution for businesses.
“The first cohort of Digital Learning Academy students have completed section one of training which focused on graphic communications.
For 120 years, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles has advocated for the safety, empowerment, and well-being of women and girls. Nationally, the YWCA is the largest provider of shelters for abused women and domestic violence services where more than 500,000 women and children annually are served. Locally, for over 30 years the YWCA Greater Los Angeles has operated rape crisis centers in the greater Los Angeles region providing survivor services such as counseling and an emergency 24 hour hotline, 1-877-Y-HELPS-U, as well as prevention and community education services. Most recently, we have turned our attention and collective voice to raising awareness and finding comprehensive solutions to human sex trafficking.
If anyone can speak authoritatively regarding the state of sex trafficking in Los Angeles, it is Lieutenant Andre Dawson. His more than 33 years of service with the LAPD and current supervisorial role within the Los Angeles Metropolitan Human Trafficking Task Force and the FBI Innocence Lost Task Force uniquely positions him on this topic. His expertise is only surpassed by compassion and concern for victims.
“Within Los Angeles County, the state of this crime has changed from when I first started working with the FBI Innocence Lost Task Force in 2010. We are seeing an increase of children with mental disorders being recruited into sex trafficking and a decrease in the average age of victims from 13 to 12. Over 90% of our suspects are gang members and organized crime is reaping financial benefit from trafficking.
You hear this analogy often – you can sell narcotics once but you can sell a human being over and over again,” explains Lieutenant Dawson. “It used to be, women and children got a free pass from gangsters. But now you see human beings ruining the lives of others for the purpose of money. It has gotten worse.”