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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…

Volunteer BBQ!

This week we were able to gather many of our TW volunteers for an appreciation BBQ at the Two Wings headquarters. We had an opportunity to show our gratitude, get feedback, and give them a chance to meet our other fabulous volunteers…

Homeless and Runaway Youth: Victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

When I would think of the homeless, I would not think of potential victims for sex trafficking. I thought of drug addiction, war veterans or of people that somehow lost track of their lives and forgot how to get back to the people that love them. Naively, I thought everyone had someone to go back to, someone who cared for them and wanted the best for them…

Bullying and Unattainable Beauty

I used to think that I was picked on or bullied because I was not pretty. I used to tell myself through thick and heavy tears that if I were pretty this would not be happening to me. I wouldn’t be the class joke. I wouldn’t get pushed around, both figuratively and literally. I would be respected. If I were pretty to them, then I would be adored…

Introducing Sunnie Brook…..

From a young age I knew I was passionate about helping people and being creative. Initially I thought I’d be a counselor for young women, but it was my mom who saw that I loved to dress hair and play with makeup. She suggested beauty school. Eighteen years later I still feel like I get to help people and be creative…

How to Recognize the Signs of Trafficking

One sunny afternoon in North East LA I was looking at apartment rentals. I found a place with an amazing price, but when I arrived the inside was fairly dilapidated. Disappointed I began to walk back to my car. When I noticed a white van parked in front of my car I cautiously made my way around it, got in my car, and locked the doors…