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Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo Presents the East Los Angeles Women’s Center a $200,000 Award to Support Promotoras in Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Issues

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Assemblywoman Carrillo presents check to Barbara Kappos, Executive Director of East Los Angeles Women's Center, surrounded by women.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) met with East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELAWC) leaders and community members to announce a $200,000 state investment in increasing the capacity and opportunities available to Promotoras for personal and professional development. This investment will allow for lead Promotoras to organize and support collectives in their communities designed to provide comprehensive leadership training to Latinas to raise awareness of Domestic Violence (DV) and Sexual Assault (SA) issues within the Latinx communities. 

"20% of women in Los Angeles County experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. With the $200,000 state investment in the East Los Angeles Women's Center's Promotoras program, we're reaching over 5,000 community members, training and certifying 250 Promotoras, and enhancing the lives of 75 Promotoras, all while serving 12,000 individuals annually,” said Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo. “This signifies our dedication to addressing gender-based violence and supporting the resilience of those affected. Together, with innovative, comprehensive, culturally responsive services, we stand united in our commitment to empowering survivors and creating a safer future.”

The ELAWC is a leading voice and advocate for survivors and their families affected by sexual, domestic, and intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS, and the intersection of homelessness. It delivers innovative, comprehensive, culturally responsive services that build on a foundation of trauma-informed, evidence-based practices designed to heal, support, protect, and empower the communities it serves. It has earned a reputation as a trusted and compassionate resource working to empower and transform lives – and the lives of future generations.

“Empowerment knows no bounds, when survivors of violence come together and Promotoras are on the forefront of helping these victims unite,” said Barbara Kappos, Executive Director of ELAWC. “Thanks to Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo's unwavering support, the East Los Angeles Women's Center is forging a path of strength, resilience, and healing for all those who have walked the path of survival.”

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Assemblywoman Carrillo was elected to serve in the State Assembly in December 2017. She represents the 52nd Assembly District, which includes East Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and South Glendale. She serves as the Chair of the Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, in addition to the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Health, Housing and Community Development, Utilities and Energy, Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation, and the Joint Committees on Legislative Budget, and Climate Change Policies. She also serves as the Chair of the Select Committee on Latina Inequities, Vice Chair of the Legislative Progressive Caucus, as a Commissioner for the California Film Commission and serves on the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board.