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Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors 2019

Deadline: April 22, 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. 

Take the survey

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

Read on for this month’s updates 

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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. 

More info & registration

Past Events

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.

Defining an Effective Response to DVSA in American Samoa

By American Samoa Alliance Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
A quantitative and qualitative comparison of the service provision and overall response to domestic violence and sexual assault in American Samoa. This project examines the gaps between what services are available and what victims report needing; it aims to answer, “What does an effective response to domestic violence and sexual assault look like in American Samoa?”

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February 2019 Highlights

This February 5th we celebrated Lunar New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, Tết (in Vietnam), and Seollal (in Korea). In 2019, we welcome the year of the pig. Stalwart and reliable, the pig reminds us to approach endeavors with dedication and optimism.

Read on for resources on teen dating violence and more.

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Immigrant Survivors Still Fear to Seek Help: Article in California Health Report

Feburary 21, 2019

In 2017, a survey conducted by API-GBV and partner organizations revealed that 43% of survivor advocates worked with immigrant survivors who dropped their cases because they were fearful to continue. In a recent statement to California Health Report, Policy Director Grace Huang suggests that fears are likely to be even stronger now: survivors are “declining to apply (for U visa protections) because they’d rather be under the radar than (have) immigration authorities have any information about them.”

 Visit the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors and sign up for their emails for the latest on immigration policy and resources for advocates.

Five Facts about Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

February 6, 2019

1. Female genital mutilation/cutting is practiced in many countries across the world, including in some communities in the United States.
2. Female genital mutilation/cutting can take different forms, ranging from a small nick of the clitoris to removal of parts of the external genitalia.
3. Women and girls who have been cut can experience a range of lasting health and psychological harms, including pain, fear of sexual intimacy, and complications with childbirth.
4. Female genital mutilation/cutting is violence against women: usually performed without consent, or to girls too young to give informed consent, FGM/C denies women and girls the fundamental right over their own bodies. 
5. Female genital mutilation/cutting is rooted in patriarchy: intended to curb women’s sexual desire or pleasure, FGM/C assumes women’s sexuality is something that requires controlling. In contrast, male circumcision – performed by many communities for medical reasons — is not performed to control men.
Want to learn more about FGM/C and what you can do to speak out? Check out:
  • Sahiyo Stories Series: women from different communities share digital stories to speak out about their experiences

We Are Seeking Input on Language Access Toolkit!

Input period is open through February 2019

Our Interpretation Training and Technical Assistance Resource Center (ITARC) is developing a toolkit for Technical Assistance Providers to improve and ensure meaningful access to limited English proficient (LEP) victims when seeking safety, justice, and healing. Our goal is to include in this toolkit the most relevant information that can support you in your undertakings to comply with the Federal language access mandate, integrate it into your organizational planning and implementation, and as include it in your technical assistance to other grantees.

For this reason, we are extending an invitation to send any feedback or input regarding: topics you want to see in the document; questions you have; challenges you might be confronting, or successful practices you have implemented to improve language access. We’ll be gathering your suggestions throughout February.

Submit input!