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Infographics: Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking at Points of Contact, 2020

What survivors of human trafficking and the advocates who work with them have taught us about practicing trauma-informed advocacy at various points of contact. A set of shareable infographics

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API-GBV, January 2020

Details in the infographics below excerpted from our technical assistance brief on trauma-informed trafficking advocacy (Click here to download the brief)

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Upcoming Webinar! Trafficking: Trauma and Trauma-Informed Advocacy at Points of Contact

January 22, 2020 | 9:00 – 10:30 am HT / 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT / 1:00 – 2:30 pm CT / 2:00 – 3:30pm ET

Presented by: Chic Dabby, Executive Director

The very definition of trafficking describing actions-means-purposes locates potential sources of trauma and a range of other emotions that can affect survivors. This webinar takes into account what trafficked survivors have taught us and what we have learnt about types of trauma, how past experiences of help-seeking can influence current attempts, and the importance of trauma-informed care. This webinar analyzes these contexts and offers considerations and recommendations for advocacy at points of contact that include raids, arrest, release from custody, investigation, shelter, and health and mental health systems.

This webinar will be closed captioned in English. For additional language requests or questions, please contact Shirley Luo at

Join Our Language Access Team! Program Coordinator Position Opening

Deadline: Feb 7, 2020

Program Coordinator | Improving Language Access in the Courts

The Program Coordinator will be mainly responsible for coordinating the Improving Language Access in the Courts project which includes working with senior staff and national partners to develop trainings designed for the judiciary to respond to the needs of victims/survivors with limited English proficiency (LEP); the development of translation guidance protocols for court documents/materials; and the development of an iconography resource guide for courthouses. These deliverables require close collaboration with the National Center for State Courts, the Center for Court Innovation, and consultants for the above deliverables and liaising with the Office on Violence Against Women to comply with federal grant protocols, including report-writing and data collection. The Program Coordinator will manage training and technical assistance designed for programs serving LEP victims, courts, law enforcement, attorneys, advocates and government agencies. The Program Coordinator will also be responsible for coordinating and assisting with aspects of API-GBV’s Language Access Program; and to that end, working closely with the Senior Program Manager.  Our preference is for this position to be based in our Oakland (or Seattle) office.

Download job description for more information, required qualifications, and application instructions

Webinar: Safe Housing for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

Jan 28, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 am PST / 12:00 – 1:30 pm CST / 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

Immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault often face unique challenges and additional barriers to accessing and maintaining safe housing. Since the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, VAWA has always included vital protections for immigrant survivors, recognizing that abusers often use their victims’ dependent or unauthorized immigration status as a tool of abuse. Attendees of this webinar will learn how to identify and help immigrant survivors navigate challenges when seeking services and safety, as well as focus on strengths-based and trauma-informed advocacy for immigrant survivors. Additionally, presenters will discuss the impact of potential policy changes, such as the HUD mixed status rule or the public charge rule, and provide additional resources and information.

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Presented by:

  • Teresa Burns, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
  • Rosie Hidalgo, J.D., Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
  • Grace Huang, J.D., Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence

With Support from the National Alliance for Safe Housing

Intended audience: Domestic and/or sexual violence organizations, and homeless/housing organizations

On to the Next Chapter! Leadership Transition at API-GBV

Message from Executive Director, Chic Dabby, on her retirement and departure from the Institute

I’m awash in a multitude of feelings as I announce my forthcoming departure from the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. I will mark my 70th birthday next year with my retirement. Building and growing the Institute has been the highlight of my career because all of you have been so amazing and taught me so much! I deeply appreciate the love and respect you have all gifted to me.

In my 20 years at the Institute, we have made remarkable contributions to our communities of Asian and Pacific Islander CBOs, advocates, survivors, community organizers and activists – with significant impact on the field arising from our analysis of gender-based violence, from our research and data collection, from our influences on public policy and systems change to promote culturally and linguistically-specific advocacy, and from our movement-building work. What I treasure most is the support and space the Institute has created for API advocates – elevating their work, their expertise, and their deep knowledge of and commitment to API communities. I’m proud that our work has contributed so much, for so many.

The Institute’s Board members, Debbie Lee (chair), Leni Marin, Linda Phan, Lori Kodama, and Sujata Warrier, will lead the search for a new leader. My colleagues in the office – Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, Cannon Han, Grace Huang, Hai Chan, Marcy Delisle, Sarah Khan, Shirley Luo, and Yein Pyo – will continue to serve our field and communities, with their hallmark passion, intelligence and dedication. I’ll provide whatever support is needed to manage a smooth leadership transition. I plan to hand over my fiduciary and management responsibilities by March 31, 2020to a new or interim Executive Director.  My very last day on the job will be July 1, 2020 by which date I will have completed the programmatic responsibilities I have already committed to.

As I close the book on a 40-year career in the U.S., I will be cheering you all on as I delve into my pile of unread books, take vacations, and play with my granddaughter!

Thank you for all you do for survivors, children, families, communities, and our movement.

As always,


Past Events

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

April 19-25, 2020
Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope

Every April, the Office for Victims of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW, which will be observed in 2020 from April 19–25. This year’s theme is Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope.

The weeklong initiative promotes victims’ rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

Visit OVC’s website to learn more and sign up for the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Subscription List

Reflections on 2019 and Cheers to the New Year!

How Asian Pacific American advocacy shaped our movement in 2019, and memorable moments from the year

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

2019 was the year in which survivors of sexual violence walked boldly into the public sphere. Their narratives moved, outraged, educated, encouraged, and healed us.

2019 was the year in which Chanel Miller’s Know My Name became an assertion of identity, an acknowledgement that although her 2016 victim impact statement had so little effect on a courtroom verdict, it had an extraordinary effect on over 11 million readers. In an interview by Shondaland, when asked why she emphasizes her Asian American identity in her book, Miller, whose Chinese name is Zhang Xiao Xia (Little Summer), speaks for so many in our community: “I think, in general, we are more likely to be dismissed. I think our experiences are easily overridden, that we have to fight insanely hard to be taken seriously or to be heard… just to be seen, at all”.

2019 was the year in which Rowena Chiu publicized her #MeToo story after 21 years. In an article by Asian Voices on defying stereotypes of Asian sexual assault survivors Chiu is quoted as saying: “There are very few, I feel, Asian voices that come forward with this kind of story. It’s not because this kind of thing does not happen to Asian people, but I think certainly within the U.S. we have a whole culture around a model minority that doesn’t make a fuss, that doesn’t speak up, that puts their head down and works really hard and doesn’t cause waves.”

2019 was the year in which sujatha baliga, a leader in the restorative justice movement was honored with a MacArthur fellowship/’genius award’. Her experience as a child sexual abuse/incest survivor influenced her interest in restorative models of justice. In a post by her, she says: “I didn’t want to be placed in foster care or for my father to be locked up, and I worried that telling the truth might trigger immigration consequences for my family”. “Ultimately, I was drawn to restorative justice because it works best without involving the criminal legal system or other systems of separation and oppression.”

2019 was the year when Asian women pointed to their Asian identity as one of the influences on their decisions to speak out and reclaim their stories, to defy stereotypes, to reduce stigma in Asian communities, and to show us how they deployed the intersections of racism and misogyny as catalysts for change. Thank you Chanel Miller, Rowena Chiu and sujata baliga for inspiring us with hope.

In 2020, we commit ourselves to honoring your, and other survivors’ legacies.  


~ Hai Chan, Chic Dabby, Marcy Delisle, Biney Dev, Cannon Han, Grace Huang, Sarah Khan, Shirley Luo, Ana Paula Noguez-Mercado, and Yein Pyo.

#16DaysOfActivism to End Gender-Based Violence 2019

November 25 – December 10, 2019

Gender violence doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Our fight to end it intersects with many other movements for social justice. While this adds layers of complexity and vulnerability for survivors living at the intersections of disadvantaged identities, it also presents valuable opportunities. Together, we build towards a world where power and privilege are equally shared among people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, and identities.
This year, for #16DaysofActivism, from the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (Nov. 25) until Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), we will be drawing attention to 16 ways our movement intersects with other social justice movements. Follow along on Twitter @apigbv or

Last year, for #16DaysOfActivism 2018, we shared information and resources on 16 forms of gender violence affecting Asian and Pacific Islander communities. See them all here.

Highlights! DVAM Gratitude and Solidarity

At the Institute, much of our work focuses on domestic violence as it affects Asian and Pacific Islander families and communities, engaging with direct service agencies to understand and address the unique dynamics created by race, culture, history, socio-economic status, and religion. At the same, we recognize that these identities are the very things that have been used throughout history to divide and oppress. That’s why we are so thankful to be in solidarity with amazing partners and allies, within API communities and without, who not only inspire our work, but make this movement feel like home. We want to take this moment to appreciate all of you moving in solidarity with us towards a world free of gender violence.

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Highlights! Centering API Survivors in Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Fall is finally upon us, and it brings Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing snapshots from our research on DV in Asian and Pacific Islander communities, as well as highlighting some of the inspiring work API community-based agencies are doing. In the meantime, here are three ways you can help center API survivors in DVAM

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Teach: Mainstream perception is that domestic violence is not an issue in Asian communities. “Model Minority” has long become a household term, minimizing the experiences of the 21-55% of Asian women who experience violence from a partner. Pacific Islanders, a minority within the API minority, are further overlooked due to their relatively small U.S. population. Our factsheets aim to increase visibility of API survivor stories and needs. Please help us by sharing them with your friends and networks!

 Speak: This month, we’re excited to be participating in NRCDV’s #1Thing campaign, because like NRCDV, we believe that change can start with only #1Thing. Visit their campaign website for ideas for #1Things as big as hosting a community event and as small as resharing something on your social media. Together, our #1Things can have a collective impact towards increasing awareness and support for API survivors of domestic violence.

Give: In 2018, NNEDV’s national 1-day domestic violence services census found that 9,183 requests for services went unmet due to insufficient resources. That means that almost ten thousand survivors went without shelter, transportation, childcare, or other needs on just that one day. This DVAM, consider donating money, giftcards, or household items to a local shelter — many agency websites list needed items like clothing or toiletries. Or, volunteer your time at a shelter or at a community event! Here are 160+ agencies serving API communities we’ve worked with that could use your support.

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