About Us

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It analyzes critical issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander survivors; provides training, technical assistance, and policy analysis; and maintains a clearinghouse of information on gender violence, current research, and culturally-specific models of intervention and community engagement. The Institute serves a national network of advocates, community-based service programs, federal agencies, national and state organizations, legal, health, and mental health professionals, researchers, policy advocates, and activists from social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women.

Its vision of gender democracy drives its goals to strengthen culturally-relevant advocacy, promote prevention and community engagement, and influence public policy and systems change.

The Institute works to eliminate domestic violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities by

  • increasing awareness about the extent and depth of the problem;
  • making culturally-and linguistically-specific issues visible;
  • strengthening community models of prevention and intervention;
  • identifying and expanding resources;
  • informing and promoting research and policy; and
  • deepening understanding and analyses of the issues surrounding violence against women.


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Hai Chan is the Accounting Manager at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She manages the full accounting cycle and payroll and prepares on-going financials and financial budgets and cost reports for federal and foundation grants. She is responsible for preparing the federal drawdown and quarterly, semi-annual and annual cost reports. Hai coordinates the organization’s annual independent audit, and other program audits as required. She works closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Finance and Administration.

Hai has 16 years of accounting experience, eleven of which are in non-profit accounting and financial management. She has BS degree in Accounting and Finance. Before joining the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence in 2015, she was Senior Accountant at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum for nine years.


Chic Dabby, Executive Director

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Firoza Chic Dabby is the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She served as Director of the Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence from 2001-2013. Before that, she was Narika’s Executive Director and at the Psychological Services Center for 17 years.

Ms. Dabby has been in the field of gender-based violence for over thirty years acquiring expertise on domestic violence against Asian immigrant and refugee women; violence over the lifecourse and its effects on health, mental health, economic security, and help-seeking; international and domestic sex trafficking; intimate homicide; child custody; strategies for advocacy, community engagement, systems change, and movement building; program design and implementation; forced marriage; trauma-informed care; elder abuse; battered mothers in the child welfare system; and sexual violence, particularly in conflict and disaster zones. She writes, trains, and presents extensively about these and many other issues.

Ms. Dabby speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and French with varying degrees of fluency. Between Bombay and Berkeley, she has lived in London, Cambridge, Paris and Kathmandu.


Biney Kaur Dev, Program Coordinator

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Biney Kaur Dev, Program Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, provides administrative and logistical support to the organization as a whole and its various programs. She is responsible for coordinating national and statewide trainings, meetings and events, attended by advocates and other professionals addressing gender-based violence. She also works on statewide projects that enhance the leadership and service delivery capacity of advocates from across California, and the national/regional constituents that the Institute’s various programs partner with and serve. She has over a decade of experience in successful event planning and management. With a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, Biney previously worked on the Immigrant’s Rights Project with the ACLU as well as with Human Rights Watch. In addition to her professional endeavors, Biney is also a community organizer and rising leader, actively involved within the Punjabi/Sikh community across North America, leading and developing programs to engage and support 1st and 2nd generation immigrant youth.


SUSAN GHANBARPOUR, DRPH, MA, Senior Research Analyst

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Susan Ghanbarpour, DrPH, MA, is the Project Specialist for Evidence-Based Practice at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. In this role, she provides training, technical assistance and capacity-building, evaluation and research resources to advocates serving Asian and Pacific Islander survivors of gender-based violence. She focuses on strengthening advocates’ capacity to evaluate their programs and services, engage in community-based participatory research, and incorporate evidence-based and trauma-informed practices into their work. Her expertise in program evaluation and qualitative research methodologies and their applicability to culturally-specific programs serves to inform local and national projects.

Dr. Ghanbarpour is a public health professional with two decades of experience in program planning and management, community outreach, capacity-building, and research and evaluation. She has successfully led complex multisite projects, forged collaborations with diverse stakeholders, and developed culturally-responsive programs for underserved communities. Her research has focused on improving access and services for marginalized populations, including low-income women and children, communities of color, and survivors of gender-based violence. Her research and evaluation expertise and interests include gender-based violence, women’s health, culturally-responsive evaluation, health disparities and inequities, and the intersectionality of race, gender, and other identities. Dr. Ghanbarpour received her DrPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, MA in Health Policy from New York University, and BA in Chemistry from Cornell University.



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Grace Huang is the Policy Director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, and is responsible for coordinating the Institute’s legislative, administrative and court policy advocacy. Prior to her position at API-GBV, Ms. Huang worked at the state level to advance the interests of survivors of gender based-violence in the Washington State legislature. She worked at the national level to address the needs of victims in the federal Violence Against Women Act and the Family Violence Services and Prevention Act, and to ensure that financial resources authorized in federal legislation are accessible to domestic violence programs providing services for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Huang previously worked as an attorney, both in private practice and in civil legal services, representing clients in immigration, family law, government benefits, and housing cases.

Ms. Huang represents the Asian Pacific Institute on the steering committee of the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, and serves on the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission of the Washington Supreme Court. Ms. Huang is the recipient of several awards: American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence 20/20 Vision award (2015); University of Washington School of Law Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Law Women’s Caucus (2013); and an inductee of the UW Law School Public Interest Law Association Hall of Fame (2008). She was recognized by the Washington State Bar Family Law Section as “Professional of the Year” (2005); received the Cynthia Gillespie Award from the Northwest Women’s Law Center recognizing her work advancing legal rights for women (2000); and, along with her colleagues received the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project “Golden Door Award” (1999) for her advocacy on behalf of immigrants.



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Rachel Katz is the Director of Finance and Administration at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. In this role she provides leadership, direction, and day-to-day management of key functions including finance, human resources, technology, and general business operations.

Prior to joining the Institute, Rachel has provided nonprofit management at a variety of organizations over the last twenty years including Global Student Embassy, The Mosaic Project, and as a founding member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. She has a BA in Feminist Studies from Stanford University and MS in Biology from Truman State University.

In her free time Rachel enjoys biking and spending time in nature.



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Sarah Khan is Project Specialist at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence.  She is responsible for coordinating and implementing training and technical assistance to grantees of the Culturally Specific Service Programs, funded by the Office on Violence against Women.  She works closely with culturally specific agencies serving in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  Before that, she led the Institute’s economic security program, Building Economic Security Together, a pilot project designed to build the financial capability for survivors of South Asian survivors of domestic violence.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Director at Maitri, a South Asian Agency serving survivors escaping violence and human trafficking.  She currently serves as a Board member of the state coalition California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

Sarah has a longstanding passion for grassroots activism, domestic violence advocacy, and community education and empowerment, with 15+ years of working in the field.

Originally from Kashmir and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, Sarah is fluently multilingual in Urdu, Hindi, Kashmiri, and Tamil. She has a BA in History (Hons.), an MA in Political Science and an M. Phil in International Relations from New Delhi, India.



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Wendy Lau currently manages the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative and the Interpretation Technical Assistance and Resource Center (ITARC) at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She is responsible for providing technical assistance and training on implementing strategies and initiatives to ensure Title VI compliance, accessibility and culturally responsiveness for law enforcement, courts, and domestic violence programs.

During law school, she interned at the D.C. Language Access Coalition in Washington D.C. and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City. Prior to law school, she was the Program Coordinator at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center where she was responsible for managing the Legal Interpreter Project and provided insight in the creation of the nation’s first community interpreter bank in Washington D.C. She was awarded the 2009 Asian Pacific American Bar Association Education Fund’s Robert Wone Fellowship for her commitment to community, making a difference in public policies, and improving the circumstances of those around her.



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Shirley Luo is the Resource Center Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She is responsible for analyzing and presenting program data for the Institute, providing support for trainings and webinars, managing and updating Institute publications, and maintaining the organization’s website and communication strategies, including social media and listserv. Shirley received an M.A. in International Relations from NYU’s Department of Politics and a B.A. in History and Political Science from UC Berkeley. She has worked to coordinate responses to and investigations on international human rights violations, focusing on cases of sexual and gender-based violence in the Middle East and North Korea. She has also devoted her graduate studies to analyzing the advancement of human rights in international prisons, refugee communities, and non-state territories. Shirley is happy to be working at API-GBV to help address gender-based violence in API communities within the United States.



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Beckie Masaki is the Social Justice Capacity Building Director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence.  In this role, she continues to weave together her international, national, statewide and local work that ranges from movement building, capacity building and program and organizational development.  Ms. Masaki has worked in the movement to end violence against women for over twenty-eight years. She co-founded one of the first programs in the nation that could meet the language and cultural needs of Asian survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) in San Francisco, and served as its founding Executive Director for over twenty-one years.  She has extensive experience in providing multilingual, multicultural services to domestic violence and trafficking survivors and their children, innovative program development, prevention, community building, policy-making, and institutional advocacy.

Beckie has provided peer-based training, technical assistance, and facilitation to groups on local, state, national, and international levels. She currently serves as faculty and advisor with CompassPoint Non Profit Services/ Blue Shield Against Violence Strong Field Project, Futures Without Violence, Praxis International, and the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. She is on the advisory committee for the NoVo Foundation in shaping a VAW movement building initiative. Past advisory and steering committee roles include Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence, California Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and a founding member of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence.

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work including the 2010 Flame of Justice Award, Chinese for Affirmative Action; 2009 Roselyn C. Swig Award, Domestic Violence Consortium/ Partners Ending Domestic Abuse; 2009 Extraordinary Woman Award, Flyaway Productions; 2005 Sister of Fire Award, Women of Color Resource Center; 1999 Next Millennium Award for Community Organizing; and 1998 California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation.



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Ada Palotai is currently the Project Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. Representing API-GBV as a Culturally Specific Technical Assistance Provider on a national White House-driven initiative to prevent domestic violence-related homicides, she coordinates targeted training and technical assistance on culturally specific issues in homicide prevention affecting Asian communities and on cultural competency best practices.

Ada began her career working to end violence against women in 2001, at a shelter-based victim advocacy organization in Los Angeles. During her tenure there, she served in a number of capacities, starting as front-line staff implementing new protocols to screen new welfare applicants for domestic violence and connect those identified to services, and moved quickly into management positions where she developed and oversaw critical programs, supervised and trained staff, wrote and administered grants, and ensured compliance with multiple contracts. With a talent for thinking of old problems in new ways, she was charged with identifying and filling gaps in services, often completely redesigning programs to implement best or promising practices, or creating new and innovative programs centered around primary prevention of violence and related social problems. She developed and pioneered cutting edge programming, and revamped agency policies and practices, so that the organization could have a more targeted focus – driven by root causes rather than symptomology – and to be more responsive to the evolving community. Most recently, Ada worked with leaders of multiple governmental and non-governmental organizations in Santa Monica, California, to implement a city-wide initiative aimed at changing cultural norms around masculinity and violence. Ada now lives in Oakland with her two dogs and pursues fashion as a hobby in her free time.


YEIN PYO, Immigration Project Coordinator

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Yein Pyo is the Immigration Project Assistant at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. In this role, she provides support for the Institute’s legislative, administrative, and court policy advocacy initiatives. Yein received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Psychology from Swarthmore College. She has devoted her studies, research, and work on advancing international human rights and addressing injustices and violence in areas such as immigration, human trafficking, and gender-based discrimination and harassment.


DEBORAH SON, MSW, Co-Manager, Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative

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Deborah Son, Project Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, provides culturally-specific technical assistance and training in the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative to implementation sites nationwide. She also works to support California-wide initiatives to inspire leadership, community, and meaningful access to services for members of racially and ethnically diverse communities.

Deborah has participated in violence prevention and health advocacy initiatives since 2007. She led advocacy services for the Contra Costa County Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative, acting as the primary trainer for a local California domestic violence service provider, developing programs and service provision in accelerated service access for high-risk victims. Prior to this, she managed medical-legal partnerships at Alameda Health System, leading a team of over one hundred interns to address the social determinants of health within the county’s health care system, advocating for the power of trauma-informed practices and treating and recognizing the etiologies of root psychological and social conditions.

Deborah received her Master in Social Work from the California State University, East Bay and her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Graduate Professor in social work at her alma mater of CSUEB, and acts as a Steering Committee member of the Asian Pacific Social Work Council and a Board member of the Korean Coalition to End Domestic Violence. She was the Regional Director for the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter from 2014 to 2016. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys practicing mindfulness through hiking, meditation and yoga.



Senior Vice President | Futures Without Violence

Debbie Lee is the Board Chair of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She has been at Futures Without Violence (formerly, Family Violence Prevention Fund) for 30 years. Her work focuses on prevention including directing the Early Childhood Initiative; and Building Healthy Teen Relationships to promote prevention to decrease relationship violence and increase positive, protective relationship skills. She designed and directed the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence – strengthening the health care response to domestic violence and forging partnerships in 27 states working with public health departments and domestic violence programs and 25 health centers in Tribal communities across the country.

In 2010-2012, Ms. Lee was appointed to the Department of Justice National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. She was a founding board member of the San Francisco-based Asian Women’s Shelter, the National Network on Behalf of Immigrant and Refugee Women, two California state coalitions, The Women’s Foundation and the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. Ms. Lee was the recipient of the first annual California Office of Women’s Health, Helen Rodriguez-Trias 2002 Award for Excellence in Community-based Women’s Health Leadership. In 2012, she was one of the 20 Movement Makers in Move to End Violence.



Retired, formerly Senior Vice President | Futures Without Violence

Leni Marin served as Senior Vice President at Futures Without Violence, a national organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, where she worked for 30 years. She directed the organization’s Rights and Social Justice Department. An immigrant from the Philippines, she provided advocacy and education efforts to improve the lives of abused immigrant women and children. She developed public policy to improve the rights of immigrant women, including a major provision within the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and its reauthorization in 2000 and 2005. She also provided technical assistance to shelter workers, immigrant women’s rights activists, and social workers to make services more accessible to battered immigrant women.

Ms. Marin represented Futures Without Violence at international conferences, including the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna where she organized the workshop, “Women on the Move: Human Rights Abuses Against Immigrant and Refugee Women;” and the 1995 United Nations World Conference on Women non-governmental organization (NGO) activities in China where she organized and presented in panels and workshops entitled “From Private Problem to Community Concern: Preventing Domestic Violence Before it Begins,” and “Migrant Women’s Human Rights in G-7 Countries.” In addition, Ms. Marin initiated global projects and partnerships on ending violence against women with NGOs in China, India, Mexico and Russia. Ms. Marin retired from Futures Without Violence in December 2013.



Training and Technical Assistance Director | Battered Women’s Justice Project

Sujata Warrier is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Previously she was the Director of the Community Response Policy and Training of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. She trains at local, state, national, and international levels and provides technical assistance to professionals in various systems such as health care, law enforcement, justice, social services on the issue of gender based violence, and cultural competency – delivering numerous keynotes on the issue of culture, competency, relativism, and violence against women. She provides assistance on legislative and policy issues regarding battered immigrant women. She received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She has written and published articles on violence against women in the international context.

In addition to her work on the board of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Sujata continues to advocate on behalf of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in Manavi, a pioneering South Asian women’s organization in New Jersey and on the board of ASISTA, a resource for advocates and attorneys. She serves as faculty on the National Judicial Institute of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Her international work includes serving the Country Director for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Bangladesh; working with Chemonics International and the Egyptian government to help develop a national Egyptian strategy to address violence against women in Egypt; consulting for a domestic violence institute hosted by UNDP in Amman, Jordan; and working with CEHAT and Masum in India on women’s health and gender violence.

Her awards include: The Rev. Cheng Imm Tan Visionary Award; AWAKE Award for South Asian Women’s Advocacy; the Indian Chamber of Commerce Award honoring Women Achievers; and the New York 30 Women Leaders Award.



Executive Director | Asian Family Support Services of Austin

Linda Phan is the Executive Director Asian Family Support Services of Austin. A major component of her work is focused on Systems Advocacy and working with institutions to develop best practices around responding to the needs of immigrant survivors of violence. Her professional and volunteer work with gender-based violence spans 18 years. Prior to her position at AFSSA, she was the communications manager for the Texas Advocacy Project, a statewide legal agency for survivors of violence.

She has served on the Public Policy Committee for the Texas Council on Family Violence providing guidance on legislative issues affecting survivors, served as an advisor to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, appointed as Chair to the City of Austin Commission on Immigrant affairs, and as a White House Commissioner for the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders by President Obama.


Lori Kodama

Chief Operating Officer | Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthrophy

Lori Kodama joined AAPIP in 2006. As Chief Operating Officer she is responsible for managing finance and administration. Lori has over thirty years of experience in nonprofit management including program development, organizational development, governance, human resources, finance, grants administration, technology and communications. Prior to joining the staff of AAPIP, Lori worked at the Asian Law Caucus for fourteen years and for seven years worked at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

She is a founding sister of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and has served on the board of directors of Asian Pacific Islanders for Reproductive Health (APIRH), Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), and the Philippine Resource Center. Lori holds a BA in Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley.