News and Events

API-GBV Stands in Solidarity with the African American Community and the Call for Justice for George Floyd


The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence joins in mourning the death of George Floyd and in standing in solidarity with those who call for justice. What happened on Monday is only one of many painful reminders that we still live in a country where some have less access to safety every day, simply on the basis of race. This is especially true for members of the African American community, who have consistently been made to feel unsafe, afforded less dignity, in their own neighborhoods and with those who should be there to protect. What’s more chilling is the fact that though these incidents are horrible, they are no longer surprising.

As an organization whose work is focused at the intersections of race and gender-based violence, we are conscious of how our own Asian and Pacific Islander communities are shaken by the hate spawned by the COVID-19 crisis.  We have felt deeply how normalized racism has become, and how urgent the need is to challenge that, not only for our own communities, but across racial and ethnic lines. We are reminded of the wisdom of Angela Davis: that it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist. That it is on all of us to challenge racism, and that we cannot build a more just world, with safety and compassion for every individual, except together.

We are committed now, more than ever, to work with partners and allies across sectors, languages, ethnicities, and races to end the inequities that foster violence, which hurts all our communities so deeply.  We will continue to reach out to our diverse communities, and to deepen our understanding of how to strengthen our work for justice and safety, together.

Language Justice Principles for Everyday Practice and During COVID-19

What is language justice, what are tips for lawyers to practice it, and why is this especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic? This article answers these commonly asked questions and more. This article is a follow-up to Language Justice in Legal Services published by the Management Information Exchange Journal.


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Casey Payton, Joann Lee, Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, and Alena Uliasz
and the American Bar Association

May 2020

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We Stand Together, Not Apart! A Twitter Chat for APAHM 2020

Save the date for our #StandWithAAPIs chat on Thursday May 21, 2020, 12-1pm PDT!

As COVID-19 transforms how we interact with each other, it is more important now than ever that we come together, not apart. We are saddened by the recent rise in anti-Asian and Pacific Islander xenophobic sentiment and concerned about the additional challenges this may add to the ability of AAPI survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other gender-based abuses to access services. What’s more troubling is that the damage to AAPI communities’ safety and well-being may linger after the pandemic itself abates. There is no better time than Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) to remember that racism is never founded and never okay. Join us as we say NO MORE to anti-Asian and Pacific Islander xenophobia and celebrate our diverse, resilient, and powerful communities!

The Chat Packet contains all the information you need, including messaging you can use to help promote the chat, the list of questions, and sample responses.

Please help us share far and wide!

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: An Under-Recognized Form of Gender Violence in the U.S.

Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is a reality for many women and girls across different communities in the United States. Yet, for centuries, FGM/C has remained a hidden tradition. It’s often practiced by women to women, and girls are raised to believe they must remain silent about what they underwent. Silence is an endemic or inherent part of this type of gender violence that can lead to lifelong physical and emotional health consequences. At the core of providing better prevention, protection, health and social support services for women and girls is stronger data, enhanced research, and community engagement. This webinar explores FGM/C in the United States, its connection to the broader anti-gender-based violence movement, and learn about the intervention and community engagement efforts occurring in this country to support survivors and prevent future generations form experiencing it.

Speaker Organizations:

Sahiyo – Our mission is to empower Asian communities to end female genital cutting and create positive social change through dialogue, education, and collaboration based on community involvement.

U.S. End FGM/C Network – Our mission is to eliminate FGM/C by connecting, supporting, elevating and advocating on behalf of and with diverse U.S. stakeholders engaged in prevention, education, and care.

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Presented by:
Mariya Taher, Sahiyo
Dr. Ghada Khan, U.S. End FGM/C Network
In collaboration with API-GBV

April 2020

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Monthly Highlights & A Message from Our Board

As API-GBV staff adapts to working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis, we remain committed to providing the support our communities need to serve survivors of violence, including immigrant survivors and survivors with limited English proficiency.

We have compiled a list of resources and hope that they will help you make safe decisions for yourselves, survivors you work with. This list will be continually updated as resources and tools are developed.
Also check out this collection of AANHPI in-language resources on COVID-19, crowdsourced by APIAHF.

Highlights newsletters are sent around the beginning of each month. Sign up for emails to receive them in your inbox! 

Previous newsletters:

See all previous monthly highlights here

Message from Our Board of Directors on Welcoming Mary Vradelis as Interim Executive Director

API-GBV Interim E.D. Message
Board Approved 4-1-20

The API-GBV Board of Directors is pleased to report that we have hired Mary Vradelis, to serve as our Interim Executive Director through this important leadership transition for the organization.  As we announced earlier this year, our Founding E.D. Chic Dabby planned to step down on March 31.  Despite Califorina’s stay-at-home requirements, Chic and Mary have worked together remotely over the past two weeks to transfer information and processes.  Mary officially begins the role of API-GBV’s Interim E.D. on April 1st.  Chic remains on staff through July 1st to continue to share her depth of knowledge and experience to support API-GBV’s continued commitment to excellent service to the field and complete a variety of programmatic responsibilities.

Ms. Vradelis brings over 30 years of nonprofit management experience, and extensive experience in leadership transition and coaching.  She will work with the board and staff over the next 6-9 months to use this transitional time to continue excellent programs and practices, and prepare the organization for our next E.D.   During this time, we will also work together to establish our plan for the search.  We look forward to sharing our progress and next steps.  You may reach Mary Vradelis at mvradelis[at]api-gbv[dot]org

Past Events

Language Justice in Legal Services, 2019

This article positions language justice as a critical part of effective and inclusive legal services, and introduces a framework for assessing and strengthening practices for servicing individuals who do not communicate in English as their dominant language.


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by Joann Lee, Marisa Christensen Lundin, Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, and Alena Uliasz

Management Information Exchange Journal

Winter 2019

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Job Opening: Sexual Assault Coordinator | Culturally Specific Services Program

Deadline: Mar 20, 2020

Sexual Assault Coordinator | Culturally Specific Services Program

The Program Coordinator will manage training and technical assistance designed for programs serving survivors of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Program Coordinator will be mainly responsible for coordinating training and technical assistance on: (a) Educating advocates about sexual assault and stalking trends and types affecting APIs; (b) Increasing the awareness of API advocates about how cultural norms and advocate discomfort can be barriers to disclosure; and (c) Building the capacity of more DV programs to integrate sexual assault and stalking services.


The Program Coordinator will also be responsible for providing TA&T on API-specific sexual assault and stalking, other topics as needed; and working with OVW and the comprehensive TA provider; and working closely with the Project Specialist II. Our preference is for this position is to be based in our Oakland office.

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

From the Roots of Trauma to the Flowering of Trauma-Informed Care, 2020

In collaboration with Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
This report charts TMWF’s process of becoming a trauma-informed agency which included learning about types of trauma and trauma-informed care, assessing existing culturally-sensitive practices that enhanced trauma-informed care and identifying ones that need to be added, training staff, and working with researchers to document and build a body of evidence-based practice — all the while staying survivor-centered.

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by Dheeshana S. Jayasundara, Ph.D., Hind El-Jarrah, Ph.D., Chic Dabby, & Durdana Ahmed

Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation & API-GBV
January 2020

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