As a child witnessing the Civil Rights Movement with her father, a deep-rooted passion and dedication to justice and community activism was awakened in Representative Karen Bass. Now serving her third term representing the 37th Congressional District in California, one area of focus for Representative Bass is the growing atrocity of human sex trafficking in the greater Los Angeles area and the lack of documentation which will lead to relevant solutions.
“We have not yet gotten a handle on the extent of human sex trafficking in the Los Angeles area. In order to better understand how to address this crime, we must first improve documentation. We are just at the beginning stages of grasping the vastness of the problem in Los Angeles,” shares Representative Bass.
For Abbie*, the nightmare began nearly 50 years ago. Like so many, her sexual assault was not delivered at the hands of strangers but of trusted loved ones – her brothers. She was a happy, healthy 7 year old when her brother, the oldest of nine, chose to rape his youngest sister, Abbie. As she approached adolescence, another brother, only two years older, molested her.
“My brother brainwashed me into believing this was normal. I was so young, what else was I to believe?” explained Abbie. “It was hard for me to understand how my brothers, who were supposedly there to protect and support me, would do something so horrible.”
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was observed nationally for the first time in 2001. Eight years later, President Obama became the first United States president to proclaim April as SAAM. This annual effort shines a light on the issue and focuses on education and raising awareness of sexual violence of all kinds.
“The YWCA Greater Los Angeles has been at the forefront fighting against sexual assault in the Los Angeles region for over 30 years,” shares Alva Moreno, YWCA Greater Los Angeles Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Services. “The need is great. We serve thousands of individuals annually out of three rape crisis centers through a variety of services including our 24 hour Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline, Accompaniment Services for survivors, Group and Individual Counseling, and Community Education and Intervention Services.”
YWCA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) continually seeks to offer high-quality vocational and professional skills training that address the ever-evolving needs of both the Los Angeles labor force and employers. The rapid pace of technology-driven innovation has significantly impacted every industry. For workers to be best prepared to fill the new jobs, they must be strategically trained in areas that offer the best new pathways to opportunity and exhibit strong potential for job growth.
Challenged by the JPMorgan Chase “New Skills at Work” call to action, YWCA GLA considered how best to leverage resources to most effectively and rapidly harness a prospective talent pool, train them in the latest high-demand skills of the Digital Age and present them to the employer base demanding that talent.
Digital Learning Academy (DLA) will feature a customized curriculum based on the Xerox’s “School to Career” program.
Words are powerful and can greatly impact lives. YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ President and CEO Faye Washington’s powerful words, delivered at an event in Sacramento, moved Eugene Mitchell from Southern California Gas Company so much that he was compelled to partner with YWCA Greater Los Angeles to bring Faye’s message to more young girls and their moms. From that speech, the concept for the YWCA Mother & Daughter Afternoon Tea was born. Continue reading →