Grantees & Nominees
THE XX FUND is proud to present the 2019 grantees & nominees, organizations doing incredible work on the front lines of social change, all worthy of awareness and support.
The Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) provides early childhood mental health care and comprehensive basic supports to families with young children aged 0-5 facing substantial trauma, particularly low-income families who lack insurance and cannot get care anywhere else because of migration status and other barriers. WIN is the only program in Los Angeles providing intensive, in-home child-parent psychotherapy and in-home individual parent/caregiver therapy paired with health, social service, and early education programming – regardless of the child of family’s immigration status or ability to pay.
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice is the only organization created, led by and for Latinas/xs in the state fighting for reproductive justice. CLRJ amplifies the voices of 7.5 million Latinas/xs in the state to promote policy and culture shifts that advance reproductive justice, and is committed to building cross-sector alliances with other organizations and legislative offices in order to do so. Their Latina/x reproductive justice lens encompasses all aspects of the Latina/x community’s identity–as immigrants, as queer people, as young people, as mothers, and as women—and emphasizes the ways that race, identity and sexuality impact health outcome.
Alexandria House provides safe and supportive housing for women and children escaping homelessness, domestic violence, or trafficking, helping them in the transition from emergency shelter to economic stability and permanent housing. Alexandria House receives 1000 calls per month and houses 11 mothers and 24 children at present time; in 2018 they served a total of 76 families including 140 children. More than 92% of the women who have moved through the Alexandria House program have succeeded in securing financial stability and permanent housing.
The Garment Worker Center (GWC) is the only center in Los Angeles and the state dedicated entirely to garment worker issues, a field predominated by women workers (75% of their members are women and 80% of their member leaders). GWC’s mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice, addressing the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job.
FreeFrom is working to dismantle the nexus between gender-based violence and economic violence so that survivors have the opportunity to thrive and live free from abuse. Its training program, Survivor Wealth and Wellness Certification Program, will train over 60 domestic violence service providers in 2019 at 3 LA shelters, allowing organizations to build their internal capacity to offer financial capacity building and entrepreneurship programming to 2500 survivors.
Black Women for Wellness is committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment, and advocacy. BWW organizes innovative and relevant programs for reproductive justice, environmental justice, access to quality prenatal, maternal, and child health care, voter mobilization, and civic engagement. BWW is increasing its voter engagement work, continuing advocacy to salon owners on environmental health, and holds an annual major conference on reproductive justice each year.
Trans Can Work is located in Los Angeles, California and is committed to advancing workplace inclusion through innovative training strategies and workforce development. As transgender leaders working to advance inclusion in the public, private, and non-profit sectors across the country, Trans Can Work provides guidance on workplace culture, training, assistance in recruiting, job training and workforce development for transgender individuals, job seeker support services, and a jobs network of inclusive employers. They grew from 300 clients to nearly 1000 in the past few months—98% of their work is currently focused on LA.
JDI is the only organization in the world dedicated exclusively to ending sexual abuse behind bars. One of JDI’s core strategies is to work closely with corrections officials and inmates inside detention facilities to stimulate meaningful and lasting culture change. At the California Institution for Women (CIW), JDI revamped and provides ongoing support to a sexual abuse peer education program, established confidential professional trauma support services, created the inmate-run Council for Inmate Wellness to improve leadership and community-building, and launched a series of art workshops that the inmates named ‘Blooming Within These Walls.’
Hispanas Organized for Political Equity (HOPE) is a nonprofit that aims to empower Latinas and has served 56,000 Latinas throughout California. Their Youth Leadership program prepares low-income high-school age Latinas for college and sets them on course for financial empowerment, enhanced civic participation and healthy lifestyles. During the program, 300 students attend two conferences in Sacramento, HOPE Latina History Day and Latina Action Day. Thirty-two of those students will also participate in an intensive, 6-month program that alternates between Los Angeles and Sacramento.
The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented immigrants in California. ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. ICWC assists young immigrants to obtain temporary protected status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. With offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Oakland, ICWC has served more than 5,000 women and children.
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 Oakland and Washington DC.
Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) improves the health of low income women and families through advocacy, education, training and direct services. Californians have been stunned to learn that black babies are four times as likely to die as white babies in Los Angeles. MCHA’s services include: ‘We’ve Got You Covered!’ training and education about health care programs, perinatal outreach and education with pregnant and parenting women, Welcome Baby (a free family engagement program about new born care), CalFresh to provide access to healthy food, oral health advocacy for pregnant women and children, a women’s art collective, and an extensive set of advocacy tools, alerts, and updates, such as an advocacy template for emailing the Department of Public Health, and a bilingual flier for accessing Medical’s non-medical transport benefit.
The mission of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center is to ensure that all women, girls and their families live in a place of safety, health, and personal well-being, free from violence and abuse, with equal access to necessary health services and social support, with an emphasis on Latinx communities. ELAWC also runs a 12-week Men’s Talking Circle, HIV intervention and prevention services for women living with HIV, and an outreach program to survivors of human trafficking, providing advocacy, resources, and support.
The mission of MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience) is to mentor and empower girls from underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles County to become the next generation of college-educated women. From 7th grade through college, MOSTe provides programming that combines personal growth with academic skill-building, believing that change happens at the individual level, with one girl at a time. MOSTe serves 265 girls each academic year and has three phases: middle school, high school, and college and beyond. In the middle school phase, scholars are recruited to apply and are interviewed in cooperation with MOSTe’s six partner Title I middle schools.
Mujeres en Acción (Women in Action) was formed in 2011 by 7 domestic worker leaders of the Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California – IDEPSCA (Southern California Popular Education Institute) and focuses on domestic worker leadership development and labor rights through skills building and advocacy. They conduct outreach to close the gap of isolation in the domestic work industry, engage with more workers, build trust, and share necessary information (such as the 2016 bill that made overtime pay a permanent right for domestic workers in California), as well as bring workers together to discuss wage negotiations, marketing and skills development so that they see themselves as part of a united sector
Founded in 2008, Freedom & Fashion has created empowering programs that mentor, love, and bring freedom to at-risk young women and survivors of the sex trade, homelessness and other injustices. Los Angeles is, according to the FBI, one of the highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation. Since 2015, the Freedom and Fashion Los Angeles Mentorship Program has provided 4-22 week mentorship programs in the fashion & beauty industries to empower 120 at-risk young women, many of whom are survivors of the sex trade
#SheCanDoIt is a program within 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.
The Center for the Pacific Asian Family is dedicated to building healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes of family violence and violence against women. CPAF’s programs were developed by Filipina American woman Nilda Rimonte, who in 1978 discovered that there were no clear options for female Asian or Pacific Islander survivors of domestic or sexual violence in Los Angeles. CPAF soon created America’s first multi-lingual 24/7 hotline for API survivors and the country’s first multi-lingual and multi-cultural domestic violence emergency shelter.