August 8 – LAFLA is presenting a production of the chamber opera Cuatro Corridos

Event Details

 “…an intensely disturbing operatic investigation into sex trafficking”
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic

Cuatro Corridos is a chamber opera that addresses one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking.

Based on true events, Cuatro Corridos (“Four Corridors”) tells the story of four young women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking. This chamber opera represents an unprecedented collaboration of internationally acclaimed creative composers, musicians and writers. Led by Grammy Award-winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully-staged production features original music by four young distinguished composers, each of whom gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama.

Cuatro Corridos productionJorge Volpi / Librettist

Lei Liang, Arlene Sierra, Hilda Paredes, Hebert Vázquez / Composers
Susan Narucki (soprano), Aleck Karis (pianist), Ayano Kataoka (percussionist), Pablo Gomez (guitarist) /Performers
Cameron Bailey, Sam Doshier / Graphics Animators
Kristin Hayes / Lighting Designer
Halei Parker / Custume Designer
Karen Guancione / Production Concept

This production of Cuatro Corridos is a benefit fundraiser for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, L.A.’s frontline law firm for poor and low-income people, and its services on behalf of victims of human trafficking who are brought to the U.S. as modern-day slaves and forced to work in the sex trade, sweatshops, fields, and even private homes under exploitative and abusive conditions and for meager or non-existent wages.

For more information on the issue of human trafficking, please visit Services to Victims of Trafficking on LAFLA’s website.


April 26 – Reality Party – CASA YOUTH SHELTER – Open House

Must register


April 26, 2014

The “Reality” Party aims to promote social change regarding underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, marijuana, prescription drug misuse and other concerns using improvisation and interactive techniques to engage discussion, explore issues, and develop personal and community solutions to these issues.

Parents and other adults engage in a 30-minute tour through a mock “teen drinking party.” Volunteer teenagers will follow a script to act out realistic scenes and powerful events that will depict overindulgent drinking games, the relentless peer pressure to binge drink and other current drinking and drug trends.

Following the tour, a question-and-answer session will be conducted by local law enforcement and drug and alcohol rehabilitation experts, which will really give insight on the reality of the “Reality” party. The goal is to help parents and other influential adults be more aware and really understand the group culture of teen drinking parties and the very real pressures.


All tour participants MUST be registered individually.

Registrant will be contacted within one (1) week of event with address of exact location. In order to preserve the privacy of the homeowners, we must respectfully keep the location undisclosed.

Feb. 8 – Mt. Saint Mary’s Symposium – Human Trafficking and Healing through the Arts

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Mt. St. Mary’s Doheny Campus, Auditorium
10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2598

Registration fee:
$15 before January 10, 2014
$20 after this date and at the door
Walk-ins welcome provided there is space.
There will be no lunch interval since the
conclusion is at 1:00 PM.

Symposium participants will experience
the good news in the anti-human trafficking
efforts through the arts.
For more information contact Sr. Kathleen Bryant at:
[email protected]

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Jan 11 – Human Trafficking – What Can I Do?

Sponsored by Synod of Southern California and Hawaii Presbyterian Women – Soroptimist and FAN

Saturday Jan 11, 2014 from 1 – 5 pm

Westminster Gardens 1420 Santo Domingo, Duarte, CA  91010

Keynote speaker – Sandra Morgan, RN, MA Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice

and Body and Sold – Deborah Lake Fortson’s documentary Play Directed by Dave Jorgensen

$5.00 donor fee

pre-registration Phone: 909-425-9751, email:  [email protected]

registration by Dec. 28

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