Freedom & Fashion brings Somewhere Over the Rainbow to L.A.


By Laverne Delgado

Activist || Executive Director of Freedom & Fashion

Photography by Deanna Als

Since 2008, Freedom & Fashion’s priority has been to serve and empower survivors of sex trafficking, domestic violence, and other injustices.

Our direct impact programs explore trade-driven industries with survivors while engaging in imperative conversations addressing self-image, vulnerability, and more. By combining creative job training with personal coaching, our programs enable our students to create a new vision, accomplish aggressive goals, and heal from trauma. Outside of the classroom, our focus is to raise much needed public awareness of these issues. 

OUR FOCUS IN 2020 We will continue to serve survivors of injustices with a focus on domestic violence. Domestic violence is not a singular incident, it’s an insidious problem deeply rooted in our culture.  One in four women and one in seven men experience severe intimate partner physical violence. This abuse is often the starting point of other injustice and crime in the world. (i.e  homicide, trafficking suicide, mass shootings, trafficking, etc).


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Freedom and Fashion presents Over the Rainbow Held at Second Home Serpentine Pavillion at the La Brea Tar Pits
Live performance by BELLSAINT

ABOUT OUR EVENTS Our events are a celebration of our students’ power and creativity! By showcasing their designs and artwork, we praise their journeys and completion of our programs.  Simultaneously, we raise awareness of the injustices they are overcoming (i.e. sex trafficking, domestic violence etc.). Our latest event was called “Over the Rainbow,” created by survivors and was inspired by the hope for freedom expressed in the song. The song was first published in 1939, at a time when the Jews in Europe were coming under increased hostility.  Like many domestic violence victims, their freedoms were being taken away, their identity was attacked, and many felt isolated. They were trapped, unable to “fly.” We had various creative stations which involved a collaborative effort among the Freedom and Fashion students and the guests! It was hosted be E! News Correspondent and host, Erin Lim. There was also a  live performance by BELLSAINT, opportunities to give and lots of swag!


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