Kicking Off embRACE L.A.'s 100 Dinners on Race

I was proud to host the third and final kick-off lunch for embRACE L.A. -- City Council President Herb Wesson's 100 dinners on race initiative. The dinners are a chance for Angelenos to gather together, break bread and break through.     Continue reading

Sixth District partners with the Los Angeles Fire Department on Girls Camp

Dozens of young women from across L.A. joined me at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City for LAFD Girls Camp. The girls learned about what it takes to join the Los Angeles Fire Department from some of the bravest female firefighters in L.A.   Continue reading

"In Her Words": A Women's History Month Celebration

In wrapping up Women’s History Month, I was proud to present “In Her Words” — a celebration of sisterhood and the female experience, and an evening of empowering performances by women.     Continue reading

Hearing from the community at Arleta Neighborhood Council Town Hall

I care deeply about the Valley communities I represent. I always want to hear from residents about the issues that matter to them. It's why I joined community members at the Arleta Neighborhood Council’s East San Fernando Valley Quality of Life Town Hall.  Continue reading

Sixth District, LA Family Housing mark opening of new permanent supportive housing facility

This month, we celebrated the grand opening of Fiesta Apartments in North Hollywood — a new, permanent supportive housing facility in my district that is now home to 49 formerly homeless men and women.  Continue reading

Donated toiletries delivered to Saving Innocence and Journey Out

After collecting more than 12,000 toiletries during my annual drive for human trafficking survivors, my staff delivered them to Saving Innocence and Journey Out -- organizations that provide care and comfort to human trafficking survivors right here in L.A.      Continue reading

More than 12,000 toiletries collected for human trafficking survivors

This year’s toiletry drive for human trafficking survivors was the most successful my office has ever held. Thanks to everyone's generosity, we collected a record 12,337 items! Toiletries can provide comfort to survivors, who are often rescued with little more than the clothes they are wearing.    Continue reading

Two Wings honors anti-human trafficking efforts with Ambassador of Hope award

I am so proud of this year’s graduates of Two Wings’ “Qualified Academy”. Two Wings empowers survivors of sex trafficking to realize their dreams through life skills classes and career training. I was also honored to receive this year’s Two Wings Ambassador of Hope award for my work to combat trafficking.  Continue reading

Working to prevent human trafficking through LAX

Airports are hubs for human trafficking. To help prevent it, I teamed up with Deborah Flint, C.E.O. of the Los Angeles World Airports, to inform travelers about what to do if they suspect trafficking through LAX, or if they are being trafficked. Continue reading

Valley Human Trafficking Task Force announces uptick in arrests

I held a press conference with L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and officers from the LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau to highlight the hard work of the Bureau’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Last year, the Task Force arrested more than 700 johns and multiple pimps.  Continue reading