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Bridges: A Connect Call for Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Addressing Gender-Based Violence

Sign up now for the October call!
(9am HST / 2pm CST / 3pm EST)

We are very excited to be launching a bi-monthly call for our community, starting this Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

These meetings are intended to be a space for AANHPI advocates, community members, and allies to connect, dialogue, share successes, problem solve, and network. API-GBV staff will be available to moderate and encourage discussion, but this is a space for YOU, as the experts of this work, to share your experiences and to learn from allies across the country.

October’s theme: Work+Life

We are all, to varying degrees, grappling with new realities that include social distancing and remote work, all while navigating a global pandemic and other natural disasters and continuing to show up in conversations around racial equity. For many, the boundaries between work and life blur, and balance might be hard to maintain. We want to hear from you: how has your work+life been impacted, and what are strategies you’ve adopted, lessons you’ve learned, or challenges you are facing in this difficult time?

Future meeting themes will be determined based on participants’ interest.

Other details:

Meetings will be hosted on Zoom, and you are encouraged to join with video and voice to the extent that you are comfortable. These calls will not be recorded, but we may share takeaways, without identifying information, with our staff or community.

If you cannot make the October call, but would like to be on the list for future dates, please email

To RSVP, please use the form below, or click here to open it in another window.

We are seeking our Executive Director!

Deadline: Nov 6, 2020
Start date: Jan/Feb 2021

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (“the Institute”/API-GBV) is entering an exciting new stage of our organizational history. We are seeking a talented leader who will guide us through a period of strategic assessment and growth while also ensuring organizational stability and staff well-being.

Building on our current relationships and accomplishments, API-GBV seeks to expand our reach, strengthen our partnerships, and launch new strategies to shift power in a way that enables underrepresented voices to more forcefully impact their communities. Central to our work is the recognition of the intersection of race, income, immigration status, and gender.

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

Gender-Based Violence in Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ Communities: Roundtable Report

This report summarizes and synthesizes discussion from a roundtable on GBV in Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander LGBTQ communities, convened by API-GBV in September 2019. Attendees discussed how gender manifests as a site of oppression for API LGBTQ individuals, and strategies to address violence in API LGBTQ communities.

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From a Spiral of Violence to a Whirlwind of Healing: Strengthening Advocacy for API LGBTQ Survivors

Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse have often been understood in terms of men’s violence against women. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified individuals consistently experience intimate partner violence at similar rates as heterosexual women. With 21-55% of Asian women reporting experiences of intimate physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime, the implications for LGBTQ API individuals are extensive. Yet while the number of anti-violence programs serving Asian and Pacific Islander communities has grown considerably over the last decades, there is little research and still very few culturally-specific resources for LGBTQ survivors of gender-based violence.

This webinar will offer a framework for understanding Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ experiences of gender-based violence, and the multiple barriers that these survivors face when seeking support. Integrating highlights from the Institute’s September 2019 Roundtable on API LGBTQ communities, this presentation will provide ideas and recommendations for organizations to engage and serve API LGBTQ survivors more effectively.

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Presented by:
Nathaniel Naik Shara

Hosted by API-GBV

September 30, 2020

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Organizing in Asia: A Presentation by Grace Poore, OutRight Action International

This report summarizes a presentation by Grace Poore, Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at Outright Action International. The presentation and following Q&A set the context of struggles and activism for LGBT rights in Asian countries, and includes critical analysis, research, discussions among activists, backlash and its impacts, societal contexts, and movement strategies infusing the work for LGBT rights and safety in Asia.

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API-GBV Welcomes Our New Director of Programs!

API-GBV is pleased to announce that we have hired our new Director of Programs, Sarah Khan. Ms. Khan has worked with the institute for the past seven years, most recently as the Senior Project Specialist for OVW’s Culturally Specific Service Project. She also co-led the design and implementation of a national financial capability pilot program for immigrant South Asian survivors of violence. In her work, she also draws on her 18 years in the field of gender-based violence and community development – developing programs and leadership while supporting the expertise and voices of those she works with. She brings a breadth of experience providing both direct services as well as training and technical support to the field, while working with multi-cultural communities of color.

In this new position, Ms. Khan will lead API-GBV’S programmatic staff in the vision for program development, implementation and evaluation. She will also continue to provide technical assistance and training for the organizations that we serve. In addition, she will oversee the administration of all aspects of government, public and privately funded API-GBV programs. We are excited about the vision, management experience, and technical expertise that Ms. Khan will bring to this new position at API-GBV. Ms. Khan will begin her position on October 5th. We hope you will join us in our warm congratulations. You can reach her at SKhan[at]API-GBV[dot]org

In accepting the position Ms. Khan said:

“I am excited about exploring an opportunity to continue to work at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, while the Institute embarks on an exciting new organizational restructuring process. I want to acknowledge our Board of Directors, the advisory Committee and the now retired Executive Director for their vision of ending gender-based violence and bringing equity in our communities. I look forward to working with our partners to make this vision a reality. I’m also deeply grateful that I was able to learn from so many inspiring advocates at the community programs I worked with in my previous roles, and I am looking forward to deepening our relationships with them as we move into new projects and collaborations.”

We also are grateful to the 57 applicants who applied for this position. They had a wide-variety of experience in advocacy, technical support, and policy-development for survivors of gender-based violence across the world. We are continually buoyed by meeting the passionate, talented, and experienced people who are providing leadership and support to the field. We feel honored that they reached out to us, and we hope to cross paths with them in the future as together we envision a world free of violence for API communities.

Faithful Allies: Working with Christian Leaders

Almost 70-80% of Korean immigrants in the U.S. reports that they attend church regularly. Korean American Family Services (KFAM) has encountered so many survivors whose faith play a very important role for their journey to healing. Because of this reason, KFAM has been working with the Korean faith community for about 8 years in order to make our community more welcoming to survivors and to train faith leaders to become supportive first responders. Through this webinar, KFAM will share our work with faith leaders, our strategy and the impact of our work.

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Presented by:
Sunhee Kim, Korean American Family Services (KFAM)

Hosted by API-GBV

September 2020

For more on working with Korean Christian faith leaders, see the accompanying tipsheet.

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Trauma-Informed Care for AAPI Survivors: 3-Part Webinar Series

Presented in collaboration with four AAPI community organizations and shelters, this webinar series explores the impacts of trauma on AAPI survivors and communities. Presenters share insight about working with survivors in shelter and through immigration and legal cases; and discuss best practices for providing culturally-specific, trauma-informed services, particularly within the context of COVID-19.

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Part 1: August 27, 2020

Presented by Daya, Inc. and Center for the Pacific Asian Family

Part 2: September 3, 2020

Presented by Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation

Part 3: September 17, 2020

Presented by Domestic Violence Action Center

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Monthly Updates: Growth and Transition

As you may know, Institute is going through an exciting period of transition. We’ve bid a bittersweet goodbye to our founding Executive Director, and are hiring for exciting new positions. We are going through org restructuring and visioning for the future. Over the last few months, and continuing through the next, we have also been undertaking steps to strategically evaluate what we do to make sure our work has the most meaning and impact in preventing violence in our communities and improving safety for survivors. Throughout it all, we are learning to adapt our outreach, services, and training to accessible and safe online spaces. If you are invested in our work and mission, we hope you will help us out by:

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Monthly Updates: Moments that Inspire

Even in these difficult times, we are lucky to have been witness to so many “silver lining” moments. This month, we applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold sexual orientation and gender identity as rights to be protected in the workplace. We were inspired by a generation of Asian American children who wrote heartfelt messages to their immigrant parents about why Black lives matter. We saw Pride reclaimed for the Black queer and trans leaders who built it. We were awed by a cross-sector collaboration to deliver hundreds of thousands of masks and anti-bacterial wipes to shelters. We listened to a survivor-led initiative to amplify the voices of sexual assault survivors in the fight to uproot systemic racism and inequity.

Yes, these glimpses of hope were punctuated by moments that reminded us that we are still far from a world where people of all races, identities, and backgrounds are safe. And yes, there is still a lot of work to be done. But we still believe that we will get there one day.

We hope that in this crazy time, wherever your activism draws you, you are staying well and taking care of yourself.

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