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  • My 10 years of freedom: From human trafficking victim to survivor and advocate

    by Maria Suarez, Women Helping Women Bilingual Volunteer Coordinator, National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles

    June 9, 2014 | 10:22 am

    It has been 10 years since I have been free, flying like a bird! In the mid-1970s, at the age of 15, I was sold for $200 to a man who I supposed to be working for, which was not true. He was my trafficker. I was kept in his house for more than five years against my will.  During... read on

  • California: Stop Punishing Poor Families!

    By Maya Paley

    May 29, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Over one million children living in poverty in California rely on CalWORKS, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, for cash assistance each month. But California is one of 24 states that implemented a classist, prejudiced, and harmful policy in the... read on

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,... read on

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  • Abortion Restrictions Keep Increasing Nationwide: 3 Ways You Can Fight Back

    By Maya Paley

    February 20, 2014 | 5:37 pm

    More abortion restrictions were enacted throughout the United States from 2011-2013 than in the entire last decade. According to the Guttmacher Institute’s report released in early January of this year, 205 new restrictions on abortion in that three year time period as opposed to... read on

  • Maria Suarez: Human Trafficking Survivor, Advocate, and Unsung Hero

    By Maya Paley

    December 9, 2013 | 10:54 am

    Maria Suarez is the Volunteer Coordinator and a paraprofessional Talkline Counselor for the Women Helping Women department at NCJW/LA. She is warm, kind, always smiling, and a great cook who loves to bring in her famous dishes to work to share with colleagues. She is also a... read on

  • Did you know it’s Transgender Awareness Month?

    By Maya Paley

    November 19, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    Just two months ago something momentous happened in southern California: a transgender teenager was crowned homecoming queen at her high school in Orange Country. When she won, Cassidy Lynn Campbell told the media she was “so proud to win this not just for me but for everyone out... read on

  • Guest Post by Hillary Selvin: Reflections of Our Lives

    By Maya Paley

    September 18, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    Hillary Selvin is the Executive Director of the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles and enjoys the spirituality that comes with being in the outdoors surrounded by the beauty of nature.

    “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives”.

    Remember that... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Maya Paley is Director of Legislative and Community Engagement at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles. The programs she works on include the annual Jewish...

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