March 17, 2021
In shock and horror, we mourn the deaths of the eight victims of yesterday’s shootings at Atlanta-area spas. With the families of the victims, we grieve their loss.
Law enforcement in Atlanta have so far declined to deem the incident a hate crime, despite the fact that six out of eight victims were Asian women, the exotification of Asian women in media and sex work, and the shooter’s stated motive to “eliminate his temptations.”
But they are missing the point. The intersection of racism and misogyny has stood out starkly in the exponential violence experienced by the Asian community over the last year. When we locate last night’s incident within the surge of violence against Asian women, it becomes clear that misogyny against Asian women is so embedded into our culture that we do not notice it until it manifests into lethal violence.
And when we consistently allow sweeping generalizations and the model minority myth to dominate the narrative, we obscure the experiences of Asian families struggling with disproportionately high unemployment rates during the pandemic. When we brush incidents like yesterday’s off as isolated events motivated by opportunity, we fail to do justice to the Asian immigrant workers who are terrified to return to work today, and to the Asian elders who are afraid to stroll to the market in their own neighborhoods.
Violence against any community–and the misogyny, racism, and hate that spark it–hurts all of us. We remain heartened by the actions the Biden-Harris administration has taken to condemn racism against AAPI communities to recognize this. We stand in solidarity with our community, allies, and families of the victims to demand a thorough, transparent review of yesterday’s incident; and we call on leadership, policymakers, and law enforcement to listen to AAPI voices, uplift our experiences, and hold our safety and well-being as a priority.
3800+ incidents of hate, harassment, or racism have already been reported against Asian and Asian American individuals. Please visit the Stop AAPI Hate page to learn more, or to report an incident.
Building upon a history of shared values and intersecting work, the Partnership to End Gendered Islamophobia brings together HEART, Justice for Muslims Collective and Vigilant Love to build analysis, tools and power to dismantle Gendered Islamophobia. This workshop is specifically tailored towards practitioners in the field of gender-based violence and gender justice. We focus on ways practitioners can better understand how gendered Islamophobia shows up in their work, and ways to respond in holistic ways. The workshop includes a focus on the intersection of gendered Islamophobia, gender-based violence and reproductive justice. The workshop emphasizes the invisibility of state violence in understanding gender-based violence and particularly the implications of the War on Terror and Islamophobia for Muslim survivors of gender-based violence. Moreover, this workshop includes discussions upon intra-community solidarity and what can be done within broader Asian American spaces to address gendered Islamophobia.
To Our Communities, Colleagues and Supporters:
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is pleased to announce that we have hired our next Executive Director, Monica Khant. We were fortunate to have a talented, experienced, and dedicated pool of applicants – which made our selection challenging and rewarding. Monica will start on March 15th, 2021 and you will be able to reach her at mkhant[at]api-gbv[dot]org.
“We are thrilled that Monica is joining our team. Monica brings tremendous passion, experience and openness from her 15 year history of building and growing with the Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN). She brings a strong collaborative and coalition building approach to her work both internally and externally. Our Board and Staff look forward to this coming phase of growth and community collaboration to uplift the voices and experiences of the AAPI communities that are impacted by violence. We are so pleased to bring her leadership skills and expertise to the Institute.” – Debbie Lee, Board Chair
Monica came to us after 15 years as the Executive Director of GAIN in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, the organization grew from an all-volunteer organization to a staff of 12, and a $1+ million-dollar budget. She worked closely with the founders, board, donors and staff to ensure the organization’s effectiveness by focusing on alignment, scalability, and deliverables. Monica developed an innovative free legal services model for immigrants with law firms and corporations in Atlanta to provide legal services to victims of crime and persecution. Further, to strengthen GAIN’s work, she developed a strong multiracial coalition-building approach on a grassroots and state level in Georgia and also partnered with local and national organizations to influence policies that affected the immigrants they served. At GAIN, she demonstrated that she was a skillful fundraiser, who worked with government, private and corporate partners, and individual donors to foster involvement and raise awareness, while increasing revenue. In addition to her externally focused work, Monica invested in her staff, providing support, opportunities, and inspiration. The GAIN staff describes her as genuine, empowering, passionate, defiant, pioneering and tenacious.
Monica Khant states,
“It is an honor and privilege to join the Institute, after Chic Dabby’s tremendous legacy and years of dedicated leadership to this work. While representing immigrant clients, I firsthand have benefited from the treasure trove of resources, trainings, advocacy and collaborations that the Institute brings to the national and grassroots communities. The work that the expert team does at the Institute is nothing short of visionary and inspiring. I am grateful for the opportunity to join them as we continue to disrupt gender-based violence in AAPI communities. I am also committed to listening as I bring my passion for engaging and connecting communities nationally and hope to respond even deeper to our community’s needs. I look forward to meeting you as we are in this movement together.”
In addition to her leadership at GAIN, Monica was involved with other partnering organizations in Georgia to create and implement the Victim Legal Assistance Network to bring statewide holistic services to victims of crime. She also served as a Board member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Raksha, which offers support, healing, and advocacy to South Asians and other immigrant survivors of violence. As an experienced trainer and national speaker, she shared her expertise on immigration law, as well as the intersection of immigrant rights, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, asylum, social services and economic security. With over two decades of experience in the non-profit legal community, she is also a speaker on leadership in the nonprofit community and has been awarded a prestigious fellowship on women’s leadership with International Women’s Forum. Monica is eager to extend her expertise to impact systemic changes at the local and national levels, strengthen communities, and create a broader understanding to influence culture and lives of AAPI survivors and their families.
We are looking forward to our partnership with Monica and the staff in continuing the Institute’s commitment to address gender-based violence through its leadership, its treasury of resources and collaboration with advocates, practitioners, service providers and community activists. Under her leadership, we are committed to continuing our current relationships and building new ones to better serve our communities. We hope you will extend a warm welcome to her into your networks, organizations, circles and communities.
Debbie Lee, Leni Marin, Sujata Warrier, Lori Kodama and Linda Phan
On Behalf of the Board and Staff
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
Policy Associate (20 hours per week)
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) is seeking a Policy Associate who is a highly motivated self-starter who is able to work in a fast-paced environment and handle a diverse workload. This position requires strong organization skills, combined with effective communication abilities to translate policy matters in a way that is timely and accessible to community members.
The Policy Associate position will provide opportunities for experienced candidates to work directly with policymakers, community members, and members of the media – or for less experienced candidates to grow into those additional responsibilities.
Reporting to the Director of Policy, the Policy Associate will assist in developing and implementing our policy priorities and advocacy strategies.
This position is a part-time (20 hours per week), non-exempt position with potential to become full time based on organizational need and budgetary constraints. Our main office operations are currently located in Oakland, California with other staff working from San Diego, Los Angeles, New Jersey and Seattle, WA. There are five (5) board members and eleven (11) full-time staff.
The position is preferably Seattle, WA or Oakland, CA based, however due to the pandemic, all staff are currently working remotely from home. Our ideal start date is March 29, 2021.
It’s a new year and a new administration, but for us at the Institute, the same commitment to uplifting the work, diversity, and needs of AAPI survivors. We will have many new resources, training opportunities, and announcements coming your way in the next few months; and we thank you for your interest and partnership!
Webinar: New Immigration Policy Updates and Their Impact on Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
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Through the years Congress, in a bipartisan manner, has supported the creation of immigration remedies to increase pathways to safety for survivors through VAWA and the TVPA. However, over the last several years, there has been an immense chilling effect on immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes coming forward to seek safety. In addition, the promise of asylum has been intentionally undermined, threatening access to live-saving protections for those fleeing gender-based violence in their home countries.
This week, the new administration begins what we hope is a new chapter, especially in regards to how we center immigrant survivors in our policies and communities.
AIS is hosting a webinar designed for advocates who wish to learn more about how the new administration’s initial immigration policy developments address this chilling effect and may impact the communities we stand with and represent. We will include discussion about new executive orders and actions as well as pending legislation.
Join us to learn how these recent developments might affect survivors and learn about ways you can engage in advocacy efforts to enhance paths to safety and protection.