Digital Storytelling Screening

Join the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, February 17 at 5:30pm in downtown LA. They are hosting a digital storytelling event. It’s free and open to the public, but you will need to RSVP via
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Congratulations Dr. Virginia Espino, SOHA California Delegate, for the Emmy nomination for “No Más Bebés” in the Outstanding Historical Documentary category. We are excited for you!

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Oral History Documentary 

No Más Bebés | No More Babies


They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.


Photo Credit: Chris Velasco
Producer Virginia Espino | Photo Credit: Chris Velasco

VIRGINIA ESPINO is a historian at the UCLA Center for Oral History Research, and has conducted oral histories with major figures in the Latina/o community.  Her research on coercive sterilization at LACMC provided the basis for the documentary project.  Her research was published Las Obreras: Chicana Politics of Work and Family, edited by Vicki L. Ruiz, and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.  She has served on the California Commission for Sex Equity, and the Los Angeles Chicano/Latino Education Committee. Visit for more information.

Please attend the 35th Southwest Oral History Association Anniversary Celebration on October 15, 2016 from 6:30-8:00pm at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach for dinner and presentation of the 2016 Mink Award to oral historian and filmmaker Virginia Espino.