THE XX FUND is proud to present the 2016 grantees and nominees, organizations doing incredible work on the front lines of social change, all worthy of awareness and support.
Founded: 1985 / Executive Director: Deborah Suh
CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women and their families. CPAF provides services, community engagement, and violence prevention programs in more than 30 API languages. Its public community center is in Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire, and the organization has an emergency and transitional shelter for survivors of violence in confidential locations. In Long Beach, CPAF holds an annual “Violence Free Begins With Me” Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Forum, and at the Community Center CPAF offers Healthy Relationships for Teens 101.
Founded: 2005 / Executive Director: Randi Cohen
The Champion Fund’s mission is to help the most vulnerable youth achieve stability in their physical and mental health by supporting the innovative programs and services of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The program meets youth on the streets through its outreach with Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, in the clinic and in group support settings. #SHECANDOIT is a group therapy program for young women ages 15-25 with a mental health diagnosis who have endured some form of physical or emotional violence/trauma. The program’s focus is to help these young women build coping skills, resiliency, empowerment, self-advocacy and friendship, creating positive futures for themselves. This year, older girls from the first group are coming back as mentors and role models for the current group which is all teen girls between ages 15 and 19.
Founded: 1978 / Executive Director: Anne Miskey
The Downtown Women’s Center is the only resource in Los Angeles that is exclusively dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. Skid Row is a 54-block area that holds the highest concentration of homelessness in the nation. DWC provides permanent supportive housing, mental health services, job development, social enterprises, and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability. The Downtown Women’s Center’s Advocates Program trains participants to become strong advocates for themselves and their community, while advancing DWC’s mission to end homelessness for women.
Founded: 2001 / Executive Director: Marissa Nuncio
The Garment Worker Center (GWC) is the only center in Los Angeles and the state dedicated entirely to garment worker issues, a non-unionized field predominated by women workers. For 15 years, GWC’s mission has been to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice. GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft (60% of workers are not getting minimum wage or overtime), unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by women workers on-the-job. GWC holds worker-led Know Your Rights workshops, support and educate members about making wage claims through direct negotiation and through the Labor Commission, and train their members to be participatory action researchers on working conditions and wage theft.
Founded: 2006 / Executive Director: Janaya Khan
Gender Justice LA (GJLA) is a 10-year old non-profit organization working to elevate the collective power of the Los Angeles transgender community, with the end goal of eliminating gender-based oppression. By training and mentoring community organizers, GJLA aims to develop the leadership and voice of low-income transgender people of color. For four years, GJLA has led the LA campaign for TRANSform – a statewide public education campaign spreading awareness and equality for transgender and gender nonconforming Californians. In TRANSformLA, GJLA provides six months of social justice leadership development for 30 transgender and gender nonconforming people of color annually, and has been asked to adapt the program for trans youth served at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Gender Justice LA’s additional campaigns and partnerships promote trans visibility, community health, HIV and STD testing, and access to all-gender bathrooms.
Executive Director: Amie Williams
Global Girl Media empowers girls age 14-22 from under-served communities through digital journalism and media training to bring their powerful perspectives to the global media stage. Located in Los Angeles, California, the organization is also active worldwide. GGM LA launched in 2010 and has trained over 120 young women from Los Angeles, produced 62 news videos, three web series (Sexuality and Health, Food Justice and Teen Mental Health), and numerous short personal videos. GGM will hold their next 4-6 week summer media training academy in LA in June-July of 2017. In 2016, GGM launched #GirlsGovern, involving 20 girls trained last summer in LA, a GGM reporter covering the Democratic National Convention, girls creating a #GirlsGovern Bill of Rights, and presenting the top ten issues in a #GirlsGovern Town Hall in Washington, D.C. Their broadband channel and social media reaches upwards of 10,000 online young female viewers.
Founded: 2004 / Executive Director: Suzanne McCormick
The Immigration Center for Women and Children provides affordable immigration legal services to underrepresented women and children in California. ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. The resulting immigration benefits allow women to permanently leave their abusers and create safe environments for their families. ICWC’s overall goal is to assist these victims in escaping abusive relationships, live in safety, and become self-sufficient. U-visas for female immigrant victims of violent crime and abuse carry a provision allowing a work permit to be obtained while the case is pending; however, the government’s processing of these has slowed to a trickle. ICWC would use the XX Fund grant to file legal actions to compel US immigration services to process the U-visas and work permits.
Executive Director: Kevin Prindiville
Justice in Aging advocates for access to affordable health care and economic security for older adults with limited resources, focusing especially on populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection such as women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. Justice in Aging was founded in Los Angeles, and has offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Washington DC. The safety net programs JIA works to improve – Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI, Assisted Living – all impact many more women than men. JIA would use the XX Fund grant to support its trainings and advocacy to address how gender inequality affects senior poverty and to improve the health and economic security of older women in Los Angeles and across California by connecting them with key safety net programs (SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal).
Founded: 2013 / Executive Director: [Board of Directors]
Active in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New Jersey, Dallas, and Chicago, Latinas in STEM spreads awareness about Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields and inspires and encourages middle school, high school, and college-level Latinas, especially within underserved communities, to strongly consider pursuing a STEM career. In Los Angeles, Latinas in STEM is piloting a 3-semester leadership and training program at East LA Community College in partnership with the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers. The first cohort has 25 female students, most of whom are working as well as studying, and several of whom are undocumented. In September 2016, Latinas in STEM will host at Glendale Community College the Los Angeles iteration of their signature program, the Latinas in STEM 101 Conference. Over 200 Latina students from 6th to 12th grade and 50 parents are expected to attend the full-day free event, attending workshops given by professional Latinas in STEM. Since 2013, Latinas in STEM has reached more than 2,000 girls and 500 parents.
Founded: 2006 / Executive Director: Andrea Purcell
New Village Girls Academy is the only tuition-free, all-girls charter school in the state of California. It provides an empowering and highly supportive learning environment for young women living in urban communities throughout Los Angeles. Students engage in experiential learning, competitive internships, highly personalized academic curricula, and mentorships in the classroom and in their community. Utilizing integrated support services, especially those experiencing challenging life circumstances, students discover and develop the confidence and resilience needed to succeed in college, the workforce and beyond. New Village Girls Academy aims to provide an education equivalent to that of the best high schools in Los Angeles, an often unattainable goal for young women living in traditionally underserved areas. New Village is located in the Rampart neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.
Executive Director: Nancy Ibrahim
Women and girls across Los Angeles face an unchecked hazard to their reproductive health and respiratory health from the dangerous chemicals being used for oil extraction in the 759 wells operating in the midst of residential neighborhoods in the City of LA. Led by women leaders and members, Stand Against Neighborhood Oil Drilling (STAND-L.A.) is an environmental justice coalition of community groups that seek to end neighborhood drilling to protect the health and safety of Angelenos on the front lines of urban oil extraction. STAND-LA mobilizes youth and community members to perform air quality sampling and conduct ongoing monitoring of each facility’s operations to help keep regulatory agencies, the EPA, and the City Council vigilant. The communities are also working with Bhavna Shamasunder, an environmental health researcher from Occidental College, training promotoras to do health impact surveys including outcomes such as miscarriage and harmful exposure to toxins.