Gender-inclusive, feminist, pro-immigrant rights organization to promote healthy relationships and anti-violence through the arts.

Our Mission

By using an arts-based approach, the Justice for My Sister Collective creates safe spaces within marginalized communities in California and Guatemala to initiate collective healing and develop local leaders to combat gender-based violence

Vision

The Justice for My Sister Collective's vision is to create spaces where through popular education and art, women and men of all ages form support networks and alliances to understand, prevent, and thereby end the cycle of violence against women.

Strategy

The Justice for my Sister Collective is a co-­ed, feminist, pro­-immigrant rights organization. We currently have a chapter in Guatemala City and a chapter in Los Angeles, California. We work towards gender equality using charlas, testimonios, theater of the oppressed, art therapy, and other activities to provide audiences with tools to identify violence and create healthy relationships. The Collective advocates for the institutional protection of all women, regardless of legal status or representation.

 

Our History 
 
Launched in 2011, the Justice for My Sister Collective (“JFMSC”) is the first organization of its kind that was sprouted as a grassroots multi-sectoral outreach campaign led by survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse to prevent gender-based violence using the arts. JFMSC’s use of documentary, and leadership development on a transnational level, with cross-cultural skill-sharing, curriculum, live video chats, and social media initiatives are other distinguishing aspects of our work. 
 
 
 Our Impact
 
JFMSC is a project of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Community Partners. JFMSC’s programming developed from the transnational outreach campaign associated with the award-winning documentary "Justice for My Sister." JFMSC has provided referrals to over 200 women and girls to service providers in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Over 3,500 people in Southern California have attended JFMSC events, and over 7,000 in Guatemala. Over 10,000 have partaken in our social media campaign. JFMSC’s work has been featured by MSNBC, the Commission of the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters, and through several Embassies, such as Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica and U.S. Embassies in Honduras and Guatemala, and universities, including Portland State University and University of Southern California as case studies of best practices to promote community empowerment and to prevent gender-based violence.