To empower women world-wide one sweater at a time
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Every Carousels and Lace cashmere sweater bought makes you a guardian angel to a woman seeking asylum from persecution due to gender-related violence worldwide. I have collaborated with Michael Smith, the director of the refugee right program at East Bay Sanctuary. On February 23rd, 2014, his holiness the Dalai Lama honored Michael Smith as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion” for his work with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant.
Michael Smith honored by his holiness the Dalai Lama
The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is an organization that provides free legal representation to indigent clients in need who have suffered gender violence. A majority are victims of domestic violence or face persecution because of their race or sexual orientation.
The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant has one of the largest affirmative asylum programs in the country. They win nearly 97% of all their cases and they also do some defensive asylum. They also provide services pro bono.
Currently, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant represents about 300 victims of domestic violence, rape, same-sex discrimination, female genital cutting, and forced marriage cases per year. The women come from various backgrounds, from indigenous Guatemala, Congo, Mexico, and Central and South America. The dedicated team at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant do not want to turn these women away and they want to help as many women and children as possible.
The proceeds from the Carousels and Lace sweaters go to legal representation for the underprivileged clients and it will go to group therapy sessions. The therapy sessions will be run by a licensed clinician for our most traumatized clients. Carousels and Lace believes all women have the right to physical, spiritual and mental support so we can help pave a road towards healthy and happy lives for these women and their children.
My ultimate goal is to one day give the option of employing these women at Carousels and Lace to further help their lives as my company grows.
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Values: To empower women globally one sweater at a time
Protection: Protecting women worldwide
Strength: Empowering women to become strong
Joy: Joy of creating fashion and donating to a very worthy cause
Hope: Every woman and child deserves hope for their families and their future
Freedom: We all deserve to be free from oppression, violence and fear
Peace: This product is promoting peace through environmentally friendly and sustainable practices
Why work with recycled clothing?
Up-cycling is a chic and sustainable way to help the environment
Where do we get our recycled clothing?
Carousels and Lace now offers a line of cashmere sweaters, that are all sourced and sewn in fabulous Los Angeles, California.