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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.

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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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Highlights! Wishing You Creativity & Energy in the Year of the Rat

Happy Spring, and happy Year of the Rat! The first of the animals in the Chinese lunar horoscope, the rat heralds a year of new beginnings and creative energy. We are already experiencing both as we prepare for the leadership transition ahead and imagine new undertakings based on the needs of advocates in the field and all the networks we serve.

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Past Events

Leadership Transition: Message from Our Board of Directors

Message from our Board of Directors on Chic Dabby’s retirement and hiring for an Interim Executive Director

January 24, 2020

Following an exceptional twenty years leading the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence as the founding Executive Director, Chic Dabby is stepping down as our leader. She will be handing over her fiduciary and management responsibilities by March 30, 2020 and completing all programmatic responsibilities by July 1, 2020. With unfaltering commitment, creativity and expertise, Chic advanced the field and elevated the fight against gender-based violence with and within API communities at the local, national and international levels.

Through her leadership, API-GBV

  • Was launched from its first home with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum to a strong independent organization which is the leading national API organization addressing gender-based violence in this country;
  • Has been a leader providing expertise, analysis and advice to government and community leaders, funders, and researchers with a depth of knowledge surpassed by few, covering not only violence against women and girls, but trafficking, sexual coercion, adult and childhood trauma, language access, cultural competence/humility and so many other areas;
  • Has built long-lasting collaborations and lead learning journeys with a broad diversity of communities; and
  • Has broadened both theory and practice.

Chic’s accomplishments, publications, and trainings are and will continue to be inspiring and respected resources to our API communities and the field. We thank and commend Chic for her incredible leadership, fortitude, dedication and wish her a wonderful retirement.


Working closely with the staff, the Board of Directors has initiated a leadership transition process to ensure a healthy executive leadership transition. We hope to have your continued support as we face this new phase.


Debbie Lee, Chair

On behalf of the Board of Directors -Leni Marin, Sujata Warrier, Lori Kodama and Linda Phan.

You can read the letter from Chic about her transition here.

Infographics: Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking at Points of Contact, 2020

What survivors of human trafficking and the advocates who work with them have taught us about practicing trauma-informed advocacy at various points of contact. A set of shareable infographics

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API-GBV, January 2020

Details in the infographics below excerpted from our technical assistance brief on trauma-informed trafficking advocacy (Click here to download the brief)

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Join Our Language Access Team! Program Coordinator Position Opening

Deadline: Feb 7, 2020

Program Coordinator | Improving Language Access in the Courts

The Program Coordinator will be mainly responsible for coordinating the Improving Language Access in the Courts project which includes working with senior staff and national partners to develop trainings designed for the judiciary to respond to the needs of victims/survivors with limited English proficiency (LEP); the development of translation guidance protocols for court documents/materials; and the development of an iconography resource guide for courthouses. These deliverables require close collaboration with the National Center for State Courts, the Center for Court Innovation, and consultants for the above deliverables and liaising with the Office on Violence Against Women to comply with federal grant protocols, including report-writing and data collection. The Program Coordinator will manage training and technical assistance designed for programs serving LEP victims, courts, law enforcement, attorneys, advocates and government agencies. The Program Coordinator will also be responsible for coordinating and assisting with aspects of API-GBV’s Language Access Program; and to that end, working closely with the Senior Program Manager.  Our preference is for this position to be based in our Oakland (or Seattle) office.

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On to the Next Chapter! Leadership Transition at API-GBV

Message from Executive Director, Chic Dabby, on her retirement and departure from the Institute

I’m awash in a multitude of feelings as I announce my forthcoming departure from the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. I will mark my 70th birthday next year with my retirement. Building and growing the Institute has been the highlight of my career because all of you have been so amazing and taught me so much! I deeply appreciate the love and respect you have all gifted to me.

In my 20 years at the Institute, we have made remarkable contributions to our communities of Asian and Pacific Islander CBOs, advocates, survivors, community organizers and activists – with significant impact on the field arising from our analysis of gender-based violence, from our research and data collection, from our influences on public policy and systems change to promote culturally and linguistically-specific advocacy, and from our movement-building work. What I treasure most is the support and space the Institute has created for API advocates – elevating their work, their expertise, and their deep knowledge of and commitment to API communities. I’m proud that our work has contributed so much, for so many.

The Institute’s Board members, Debbie Lee (chair), Leni Marin, Linda Phan, Lori Kodama, and Sujata Warrier, will lead the search for a new leader. My colleagues in the office – Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, Cannon Han, Grace Huang, Hai Chan, Marcy Delisle, Sarah Khan, Shirley Luo, and Yein Pyo – will continue to serve our field and communities, with their hallmark passion, intelligence and dedication. I’ll provide whatever support is needed to manage a smooth leadership transition. I plan to hand over my fiduciary and management responsibilities by March 31, 2020to a new or interim Executive Director.  My very last day on the job will be July 1, 2020 by which date I will have completed the programmatic responsibilities I have already committed to.

As I close the book on a 40-year career in the U.S., I will be cheering you all on as I delve into my pile of unread books, take vacations, and play with my granddaughter!

Thank you for all you do for survivors, children, families, communities, and our movement.

As always,