Dr. Elizabeth Raskin, fourth from left, has taken on a mentorship role to other women surgeons and medical professionals after being subject to harassment herself when she was starting out. “If we don’t ever break the cycle, the people behind you face it as well.”
Sidra Helal, left, and Jude Zarzar, right, walk home together from Emerald Steam Magnet Middle School where they have attended since they emigrated from the war-torn Syria as refugees with their families less than five months ago, in El Cajon, California on March 17, 2017.
Peter Ellenstein, left, sits for a portrait with his biological daughter Rachel White, right, on November 15, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif. Ellenstein, 57, donated sperm anonymously earlier in his life, never expecting to meet any of his offspring, but in the past year, thanks to online tools, including DNA test kits, he discovered that he has at least 24 children.
Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray, a former pastor of South Los Angeles’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church and a current University Fellow at University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, stands for a portrait on April 27, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. When the 1992 L.A. Riots broke out, Murray who was at AME at the time, saw an opportunity for religion to ease the chaos and opened the doors to the community as a meeting space.
Faye Orlove stands for a portrait in her gallery, Junior High on June 11, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. The gallery is a non-profit art space that showcases the artistic pursuits of marginalized young artists voices through events, gallery shows and arts education.
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, CEO of Gotham Group, a talent management company, stands for a portrait in her home in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2018. Goldsmith-Vein is a big political donor and hosts fundraisers with her husband, Jon Vein, and this is the first year she has given to so many House candidates in a midterm year.
Dr. Richard MacKenzie, who specializes in eating disorders, bedside teaching and uses an integrated approach to medical disorders in adolescents at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, stands for a portrait in his home on July 6, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. In a Netflix drama, Keanu Reeves plays the doctor based on Dr. Richard MacKenzie.
Dr. Elizabeth Raskin poses for a portrait at the Loma Linda University Medical Center on January, 30, 2018, in Loma Linda, Calif. Dr. Raskin has taken on a mentorship role to other women surgeons and medical professionals after being subject to harassment herself when she was starting out.
Marcela Herrera sits for a portrait in her daughter’s bedroom in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. Recently the family has made changes to their apartment to battle the communities high heat, including painting the walls, installing tile flooring and putting up curtains.
Lora King, 33, the middle daughter of Rodney King, stands for a portrait in front of curtains she had hanging in her room as a child while in her home on April 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. This year marks 25 years since the L.A. Riots which erupted after a jury returned a “not guilty” verdict in the Rodney King case, a black man who was videotaped being beating by several white Los Angeles Police Department officers.
Resident Doctor Moazzum Bajwa stands for a portrait at Riverside University Health System on February 2, 2017, in Moreno Valley, California. Bajwa is part of the Family Medicine program and a recruit from Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean.
Erika Paget curated a recent art show at the gallery Welcome To Junior High with work solely made by black women. The gallery is a non-profit space in Los Angeles that showcases work made by marginalized voices.
Yesenia Moreno Rodríguez, 25, poses for a portrait in Plaza Bolivar on November 11, 2016, in Bogotá, Colombia. She is part of Movimiento Estudiantil Paziempre, a student group dedicated to fighting for peace. After the Colombian peace deal was rejected, the group helped organize a silent march where 50,000 people ended up in Plaza Bolivar.
Gretta poses for a portrait outside the Translatin@ offices where she works in downtown Los Angeles. As a trans woman from Mexico she has faced sometimes insurmountable challenges.
Darley Martinez Cabarcas, 17, stands for a portrait at Fundación Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar where she receives regular checkups for her pregnancy in Cartagena, Colombia on February 19, 2016. Carbarcas, who is eight months pregnant, was diagnosed with the Zika virus at five months.
Maricela Ipiayu, 23, shows her inflated stomach caused by severe malnutrition that developed after being diagnosed with diabetes at 19 on May 22, 2016, in La Guajira, Colombia. Maricela is Wayuu, an indigenous person to the land. She died three months after this image was made. She is one of 4,700 reported Wayuu deaths from treatable diseases in the last eight years.
Noel Castañeda poses for a portrait at Rafeal Trejo Boxing gym in Havana, Cuba. In 2005 Noel won the boxing world championships in London. Boxers at the gym are a mix women and men, many of which are like Noel who have moved to the city to learn from and with the best.
Maria Del Mar Toledo, 25, shows her scar from being shot while fighting for the FARC while in the one-bedroom apartment in Bogotá, Colombia on September 21, 2016. Toledo was 11 when she joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC and demobilized after being shot at 17. She wishes the Colombian Peace Deal would include people like her. Toledo lives in Ciudad Bolivar, one of the most dangerous areas of Colombia's capital city of Bogotá.
Michelle Morales, 28, stands for a portrait with a photograph taken of her while she was serving in the military hangs on the wall beside her in her home on July 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. She was abused by her mother's boyfriend for seven years as a child and sought to have the man prosecuted when when she was 25. In February he was sentenced to serve 160 years. She is opposed to a bill in the legislature that would allow some sex offenders to come off the registry.