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.
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Here we (finally!) are in the last hours of 2020. This year has not been easy. It’s been full of uncertainty, sacrifice, and difficult choices – and not just because of COVID-19. But even so, 2020 has also brought moments of triumph, reminders that our movement and our communities are just as strong as we believed them to be.
In 2020, the anti-violence movement found creative ways to fund programs, engage communities, collaborate between organizations, and deliver services.
In 2020, the voices of survivors, immigrants, and communities of color were heard on the streets and in the ballots — our communities stood against hate with a record-breaking turnout in AAPI votes in the November elections.
In 2020 we dug in and held fast to what we know to be true: that violence is never justified; that all people have the right to live, thrive, and breathe; that we are charged to protect and defend each other.
We learned how to work in kitchens and on couches while multitasking through homeschool and distractions from four-legged friends. We remembered that when systems fail us, it is our communities who have never let us down.
In many ways, this year has been deeply painful, but we hope that it has also brought you clarity about why this work matters. As we close out 2020, we wish you strength, joy, and purpose in the new year.
November 25 – December 10, 2020
Check out our activities for #16DaysOfActivism in previous years!