6th Annual Esperanza:
A Story of Hope
Oct. 5, 2019
San Diego, CA
About Benefit Dinner
Celebrating Courage &Resilience
5, October 2019
Join us for an inspirational evening of celebration and homage to immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Access Inc. presents the 6th Annual Esperanza: A Story of Hope Benefit Dinner featuring a keynote address by Thelma Virata de Castro playwright and founder of San Diego Playwrights, our 3rd Annual Esperanza Awards, and live performance by African Soul International.
About Access Inc.
VAWA Legal Program
What is Access Inc. VAWA Program?
Under the direction of the United States Department of Justice, the Access Inc. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Legal Program seeks to provide legal assistance and support services to low-income immigrant and refugee victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and violent crimes. The Access Inc. attorneys and victim advocates serve over 200 clients annually in the following:
Immigration Law (VAWA, U Visa, T visa, and related protections such as Waiver of Joint Filing for Removal of Conditions on Residency)
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
Accessing public health benefits and Victims of Crime Assistane (VOCA) funds
Employment/EEOC claims for workplace sexual harassment/assault.
Facts & Statistics
Speakers + Entertainment
African Soul International
African Soul International was established in 1998, by Sista Jewel, now Dr. Jewel, an artist who wanted to make a difference in her community. Through presentations, workshops, residencies, and performances, they have touched over 100,000 lives, empowering, educating and bringing the joy of African culture, history and music.Since 1998, African Soul has used the arts to keep youth off the streets, bring community together and build bridges of joy and compassion through positive artistic experiences. African Soul offers classes, workshops and conferences that feature our amazing professional artistic team as well as master artists from throughout Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Congo, Liberia and The Gambia.
1st Place Winner of the 2019 African Dance Awards in Los Angeles.
2019 Congressional Award for Community Service.
3- Piece Kente Set
Event attendees will have the chance to be entered into a opportunity drawing to win a custom designed 3-piece Kente Set cuourtesy of our featured performers African Soul International.bassador Serena Williams.
Thelma Virata de Castro is a Filipino American playwright whose work explores a variety of subjects and styles that highlight the diverse experiences of underserved communities, including immigrants and incarcerated individuals. She is also Teaching Artist and Community Programs Coordinator for Playwrights Project and founder of San Diego Playwrights, an all volunteer network that assist local playwrights with production. Thelma is an Access Inc. Fellowship for Immigrant & Refugee Empowerment (FIRE) Fellow who used her experiences to create The Fire In Me, a play exploring domestic violence in the Filipino Community. Through the 2018 Creative Catalyst fellowship from The San Diego Foundation as well as a Humanities For All Quick Grant, Thelma was able to partner with Access Inc. and The Asian Story Theatre to creatively engage the greater community in dialogue about domestic violence. Thelma shares a deep passion for the arts and hopes to continue using theatre to facilitate connection through San Diego’s diverse community.
Master of Ceremony
Carolyne is a passionate and innovative thinker invested in the growth and development of diverse mental health, public health and holistic wellness initiatives. Carolyne serves as Outreach and Recruitment Specialist for Access Inc. a county-wide youth employment and immigration services organization. Through her multidisciplinary experience as a Community Health Education Specialist for UC San Diego Mother-Child Adolescent Program, Case Manager for Covance, a biomedical research organization, and Job Coach for Catholic Charities Focus for Work Program (for individuals with Axis I disorders) -- Carolyne has learned the importance of an integrative approach to education, health and wellness.
Carolyne graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Health. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. Carolyne utilizes spoken word, creative writing, and performing arts to inspire young adults and survivors to embrace their strength and resilience to achieve optimal health, wellness, and success.
3rd Annual Esperanza Award
During our 50th anniversary year, Access Inc. created the Esperanza Award to honor an extraordinary individual and/or program whose leadership, vision, and innovation in addressing domestic violence in San Diego County has led to significant changes in related prevalence and stigma. This award is named after one of our very first Esperanzas. A woman who after experiencing abuse by her husband for eight years found support and hope through Access Inc.’s VAWA program. She is now a business owner and Women’s Rights Activists who inspires and mentors other abused immigrant women to seek help and invest in a brighter future. Please join us on Oct. 5, 2019 to recognize and celebrate the 2019 Esperanza Award recipient.
Special thanks to our generous sponsors for making the 5th Annual: Esperanza: A Story of Hope possible.
Law Office of Jan Maiden
Silent Auction Sponsors
Interested in Sponsorship
If you are interested in being a sponsor, please click on the 2019 Sponsorship Package PDF to review levels available and contact event chairs:
Anne Bautista, Esq. 858-560-0871 x 103
Des Kelly, CFO 858-560-0871 x102
If you are interested in donating to our silent auction, please complete the attached form and send to Carolyne Ouya 858-560-0871 x131