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The Truth About Cantina-Based Sex Trafficking

Imagine dreaming about a better life.  You sometimes go to bed hungry or cold.  Every morning, you look for a job, but every night you come home empty-handed.  You are only 15; but, you are expected to help your family. As you walk through the streets of your...

Survivor Story: Rebecca Bender

Rebecca Bender was born and raised in a small town in Oregon. She was an achiever, doing well in both academics and sports. She met a man who took an interest in her. She began dating him and after 6 months they decided to move in together. Everything seemed fine until they moved to Las Vegas…

Our Year in Review

In 2016 we provided 108 hours of job training, 7 employment opportunities, 1 continued education opportunity, and 7 mentorships…

A Season of Joy and Reflection

Christmas is a time to rejoice in all the good that exists in our world.  Some of us may get to reunite with loved ones we have not seen in a while.  We have the opportunity to show the people within our trusted circle how much we appreciate them.  To be showered with...

What Legal Options Do Sex Trafficking Survivors Have?

The Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division offers services to survivors of civil rights abuses including sex trafficking. Witness or victim coordinators are available to give support with accessing services such as housing, case management, counseling, and medical care…

Why is a Woman Valuable?

I am a survivor of abuse. The messages I received in life based on my experiences were that my value was in my sexuality, the size and shape of my body, and the things I owned. What I have learned over the years about the value of a woman is so completely different from what I believed as a child…

What does it mean to be a man?

“We raise boys to become men whose very identity is based on rejecting the feminine and then we are surprised when they don’t see women as being fully human. So we set them up…to grow into men who disrespect women at the fundamental level and then we wonder why we...

Survivor’s Ink

Today we would like to highlight the story of Jennifer Kempton, founder of www.survivorsink.org

Last month I found myself awake at 2:30am. This happens to me several times a month. I suspect it is a symptom of PTSD. When I find myself awake and anxious I usually start reading scriptures and inspirational words online, to help me settle my mind and process whatever trauma memory is trying to find an outlet. This time I ran across a website called Survivor’s Ink…

Congratulations to Our Summer Cohort!

We are excited to share with you that on August 28th, our most recent Cohort graduated from the 3 month Qualified program! We gathered together to share memories, hear speeches, and whole-heartedly congratulate the participants.

Here are a few words from one of our graduates…

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Internet Predators

When I googled ‘Backpage,’ a short description appeared and it read: “Free classified ads with photos. Find houses and apts for rent, personals, jobs, cats and dogs for sale.” At first glance, it does not indicate that you may rent people at a price. Until recently I...

Tika’s Story

I was born to a military father and a housewife at West Point Military Academy. We relocated to California when I was 3 years old. Living in drug and gang infested South Central, and because of my father's battle with drug addiction, I was traumatized by my...

Learning to Cope

Sometimes when we experience pain we begin to shield ourselves from the world.  Our instinct is to build an imaginary brick wall so that no one can hurt us again – or so we hope.  From past experiences, we learn to recognize the antagonists in our lives.  We associate...

Introducing Megan Tierney…

LOUISE & ELEANOR is the scariest and most humbling venture I've ever attempted.  I funded the company myself which has been a challenging endeavor.  At the same time, it has taught me so much about perseverance and dedication.  If you dream something and take...

Revealing Truths Surrounding Sex Trafficking

When we think of sex trafficking, we may think it is a problem other countries have and not something that is happening in the United States of America.  The “land of the free” could not be witness to incidences of forced sex labor.  We are an example of progress and...

What Do We Understand About Beauty?

“What do we understand about beauty? Is it only physical?”-Vijayalakshmi, Founder of The Mohiniyattam Institute I attended a mixer a couple weeks ago for a wonderful organization called MentorMatchmaker. Vijayalakshmi made some thought provoking statements about...

Celebration and Summer Giving

TW volunteers, interns, and friends of the TW family gathered together at The Belmont for a night of dessert, dinner and drinks. Many of us got a chance to meet new people and to learn about our different roles with Two Wings. Others who learned about the event via social media became newfound supporters of the Two Wings family.

We moved!!!

The Two Wings office has enjoyed a space in the downtown LA Arts District for the last 3 years. We’re excited today to announce that we have moved across town to Baldwin Hills! Our academy also moved from Leimert Park to the Crenshaw area, just down the road. We’re grateful to our team of volunteers who both moved our belongings and helped begin the remodeling process…

Introducing Reyna Elizabeth…

I was born in Mexico and crossed into the US with my family when I was very young. I experienced extreme hardships as a child, but in 2011 I made a decision to begin a process of recovery and self-discovery that changed my life forever. I overcame my past and I am now enjoying my new life of freedom with my husband…

The Story of Norma Bastidas

We all have hopes and dreams. My sister loved to play with insects when she was a little girl. Where most girls would squeal and run, she was always happy to pick up a worm and examine it. I always assumed she would be a vet. Now she works on staff at her local church and rides a harley…