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Join Our Team! Seeking Dynamic & Organized Administrative Assistant

Part-time; non-exempt
Application deadline: August 21, 2020

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) is seeking a pro-active, highly organized individual who thrives in a fast paced work environment and is able to prioritize and multitask while working with various Management Team staff.

Reporting to the Director of Finance & Administration, the Administrative Assistant performs a diverse range of essential administrative tasks that support our programs and internal operations and ensure day to day operations run smoothly— including scheduling; meeting preparation; webinar, training and event coordination; and reporting.

This new position is 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 twelve (12) full-time staff.

The position is preferably Oakland based, however, in order to attract the widest pool of suitable candidates, we are open to the Administrative Assistant working remotely from outside the Bay Area while maintaining close communications to the Program and Administrative Management staff. Our ideal start date is September 14, 2020.

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

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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Statement on the SCOTUS Decision Protecting LGBTQ People from Workplace Discrimination


We applaud yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the rights of LGBTQ individuals in the workplace and prohibiting discrimination “on the basis of sex” under Title VII. This decision will protect exployees from workplace harassment and being fired or denied a job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Further, as many studies have confirmed, financial abuse is one of the main reasons those in an abusive relationship are unable to leave or had to return to their partner. For the disproportionate number of LGBTQ people who experience abuse, this decision means that there will be one fewer barrier in the way of financial independence, one fewer tool of control for abusers to leverage. For LGBTQ people who face rejection or ostracization from family and community, as many Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ individuals do, this is an important message that all identities are valid and valued.

The Supreme Court decision is a momentous step towards equity, but there still remains much to be done until our LGBTQ community members are protected from discrimination in other areas, such as medical or mental healthcare, transportation, retail establishments, and housing, as well as innumerable daily microaggressions. Like you, we believe that the path to ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity must move hand in hand with the fight to dismantle systemic racism. And we recognize that just as we owe today’s victory to the tenacity of Aimee Stephens, Donald Zarda, and Gerald Bostock who brought this case to the Supreme Court, we owe the strength of this movement to the leadership of generations of queer and trans Black activists.

At API-GBV, we will be working to identify how our advocacy can be more intentionally inclusive of LGBTQ experiences, and to elevate the voices of AAPI LGBTQ survivors and Black LGBTQ leaders. We call on policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels to support equity and justice in policies that fully protect people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Although there is still a long way to go, we are hopeful about what this movement can accomplish!

Monthly Updates from May 2020

Like yours, our hearts are heavy in this moment. We are frustrated, we are angry, and we are grieving. We are scared for our allies in the Black community, and for those who have come to harm because they stood up to demand justice. We are still holding hope that the world can change, and know that it is on all of us to make it so.

This month we held space to discuss how our communities have been impacted by racism and how to come together against hate, in a Twitter chat for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Although the focus in that moment was anti-AAPI xenophobia, the messages of wisdom, support, and solidarity hold true universally

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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.


Related Resources

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!

Monthly Highlights: Celebrating APAHM in the Time of COVID-19

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the diversity of our AAPI communities. We are especially in awe of AAPI community-based agencies who are not only continuing to provide culturally-specific services to meet survivors’ growing needs, but also adapting outreach to transform communities while maintaining social distance — virtual listening sessions, support calls, webinars, roundtables, and even anniversary galas are just a few of the creative forums we have participated in.

At the same time, we are saddened by the recent rise in anti-Asian racism and anti-immigrant sentiment and the impact this has had on survivors, organizations, and small businesses already feeling the immediate strain of the pandemic. As activists across the country rise up to push back against the scapegoating, we are reminded of Grace Lee Boggs’ wisdom: “You don’t choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be. And you do choose how you think.”

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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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Start date: October 1, 2020
Application deadline: July 31, 2020

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) is seeking a versatile, team leader for the newly created position of Director of Programs. The Institute is currently embarking on an exciting new organizational restructuring process and planning strategically for the future.

The Director of Programs oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of government, public and privately funded API-GBV programs. The position is responsible to: manage and oversee all programmatic areas of technical assistance (TA) and training; design and evaluate programs and processes; propose and draft policy; act as a subject matter expert (SME) on various TA and training topics; supervise staff; develop and monitor budgets.
In partnership with the Executive Team (E.D., Director of Policy, and Director of Finance & Admin) and the management team, the Director of Programs identifies programmatic opportunities and challenges and helps to determine organizational strategy that contributes toward ensuring all programs work collaboratively to advance the organizational mission and vision.

For more information about the position, required qualifications, and the application process, download the Job Announcement and Job Description

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.

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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