The Avellaka Program was created in 2010 with funding from the Department of Justice. Dedicated to educating and organizing for social change, Avellaka upholds the La Jolla Tribe’s authority as a sovereign Indian nation to protect its women citizens and create the laws, policies, protocols, and advocacy services to address violence against Native women. For more information call 760-742-8628.

The Avellaka Program provides:

Confidential advocacy for victims of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking, including around the clock crisis intervention and support. Where a culture of fear once kept violence hidden, survivors are now more empowered to speak out and get help from our Advocates.

Community Education
To raise awareness of violence against Native women and promote services that help, the Avellaka Program organized a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk, which was first held on the La Jolla Reservation in April, 2010, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. After hosting two Walks, the Avellaka Inter-Tribal Sexual Assault Awareness Walk has been hosted by several area Tribes. Next year, the Walk will be hosted by the Fort Mojave Reservation.

To foster community cultural awareness, Avellaka sponsors activities for Tribal members including talking circles, dance, swimming, and cultural enhancement activities such as basket weaving, shawl and traditional dressmaking. The Avellaka Program has also worked with the Education Program to raise awareness of dating violence among La Jolla’s girls.

La Jolla Native Women’s Advisory Committee
The group is comprised of La Jolla Tribal volunteers who advocate for safety, justice, and services for Native women. The Committee meets monthly and all La Jolla Tribal members are invited to participate.

Enhancing Tribal Laws
The Avellaka Program has actively worked to create Tribal laws and policies based on Tribal laws and customs for the Tribe to address violence against Native women. Changes to La Jolla’s Peace and Security Ordinance, have resulted in providing enhanced safety measures for Native women. Where women were once left without recourse, changes to the Ordinance have opened a path to more comprehensive safety and justice.