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May 2019 Advocate & Legal Services Findings: Immigrant Survivors Fear Reporting Violence

In May 2019, a coalition of national organizations gathered feedback from nearly six hundred advocates and attorneys from across the United States, learning that many immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence are now too afraid to call the police or go to court to get help. The advocates report that survivors have an increased fear of deportation, retaliation by their abusers, and separation from their children.

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Developed in collaboration with ASISTA, Casa de Esperanza, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence and Tahirih Justice Center

June 2019

A advocate and legal services survey regarding immigrant survivors was also conducted in 2017. Click here for the 2017 survey

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May Highlights: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a moment to celebrate the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of our communities, and to reiterate that violence has no place in them. Rather, we are proud to recognize API resistance to misogyny — from communities organizing to support survivors to women representing API voices in policy — as among the richest aspects of our heritage.

Read on for this month’s updates, including staff shoutouts to two API women leading the movement against violence.

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#APIFamilyViolence Twitter & Facebook Chat for APAHM 2019

This event has ended. Visit our Twitter moment to see some highlights, or search the #APIFamilyViolence hashtag on Twitter or Facebook. 

Save the date for our #APIFamilyViolence chat on Wednesday May 22, 2019, 12-1pm PDT!

We hope that by making space to hold a conversation about domestic and sexual violence taking place within our communities, we can start to unravel the stigma and silence that hinder change. Beyond that, it’s an opportunity to share information about what’s happening in our communities, share resources communities and advocates have developed, and uplift the amazing work being done across the country by community-based organizations.

Download the Chat Packet for all the information you need to participate, including instructions, questions we will ask, and sample answers.

This year, you will be able to join in the conversation on both Twitter and Facebook. Please help us spread the word! We welcome the voices of anyone committed to ending gender violence. More info, including the questions we will ask, timeline, and sample responses to come on May 8th.

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April Highlights: Resources for Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Sexual violence happens in every community, and it is always difficult to talk about. We hope that you will join us in continuing the conversation beyond Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There is still a long way to go before sexual violence is ended and gender roles are equalized, but we believe that this movement is stronger and will be more enduring than violence and misogyny.

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Beyond #MeToo: Movements in Asia

Women in Asia go beyond #MeToo, harnessing the power of social media to build movements & challenge misogyny in their communities. Here are a few of the campaigns they created. 

Click each image below to read more about the movement (offsite links)

Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors 2019

Extended Deadline: April 26, 2019

We invite all advocates and attorneys who work with immigrant survivors of gender-based violence to participate in a survey to assess the impact of immigration policy changes on immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

This survey was first conducted in 2017. Responses allowed us to create a summary document  to demonstrate the impact of policy changes on immigrant survivors of violence. This information was valuable to advocates, policy makers, and the media’s efforts to inform the public. We are now repeating the survey to create a comparative set of data to assess the current impact of ongoing immigration policy change.

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Help us recruit 200 Asian women for JHU’s DV risk factors study

How do family and community generated risk factors, like abuse by in-laws or victim-blaming affect safety planning for Asian survivors?

Given that Asian immigrant and refugee women can be overrepresented in intimate homicide victim statistics and there are unique dynamics of domestic violence in our communities, a culturally-specific Danger Assessment on intimate homicide risk and a tailored safety planning intervention is being developed/tested. The weWomen, myPlan (WWmyPlan) study lets survivors assess the level of danger in their relationship and get a safety plan based on their priorities.

So far, out of 600 immigrant and refugee women who have participated in this national study, only 35 are Asian. As a partner on this project, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence wants your help to reach 200 Asian women domestic violence survivors so that the tool and the intervention can benefit them and also be a resource for advocates.

Let’s connect meaningful data from Asian women on risk and safety factors. Share this flyer!

API-GBV Wears Teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action

Today API-GBV Oakland staff is wearing teal to show support for survivors of sexual violence of any form, and to stand in solidarity with the call for cultures of respect, where relationships founded on consent rather than power are the norm.

To see how you or your agency can get involved in a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event or activity, get the SAAM Toolkit developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Throughout April we will be sharing information and resources on sexual violence affecting Asians and Pacific Islanders. Follow us on Twitter @apigbv or to stay up to date, or visit our website for statistics and advocacy resources.


In March (and every day) we celebrated the achievements and vision of women whose work paved the paths that we now walk towards a world free from inequality and violence. Though these Asian and Pacific Islander leaders rarely make it into the pages of our history textbooks, we live by their words

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Welcome Yolanda Brandon, Director of Finance and Administration!

Yolanda comes to us with over 25 years of experience managing both for-profit and non-profit financial and administrative systems, specializing in infrastructure building and process improvement.

As an adjunct professor at a local community college, Yolanda teaches business classes on finance and accounting. She lights up when talking about her hobbies: fashion and hiking.

We are excited to welcome Yolanda to our team!

Empowerment is Healing: 6th Annual Pacific Islander Violence Prevention Conference

April 11-13, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Join the Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources and the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center for 2.5 educational days of violence prevention, intervention and healing using history, heritage and cultural norms. Engage in discussions of the impact culture plays in preventing violence, intervention and in healing from violence in the Pacific Island Community living in America. 

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In Memoriam Jeff Adachi

We mourn the loss of Jeff Adachi. The tragedy of a brilliant life cut short deepens our sense of loss, and yet… as the eulogies at his memorial rolled, they sharpened the meaning of the gifts, the legacy Jeff Adachi has left. A warrior with such deep compassion, immutable political will, a compelling commitment to gender and racial justice, and such abiding love, is rare.

We embrace his memory with the promise of carrying on his fight, our fight.