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Upcoming webinar: New Immigration Policy Updates and Their Impact on Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

February 4, 2021 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST (90m)


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.

2020 Snapshot

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Dear Friends,

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.

Bridges: A Connect Call for Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Addressing Gender-Based Violence

RSVP now for the February call!
Feb 10, 2021 (9am HST / 2pm CST / 3pm EST)

These bi-monthly community connect calls are intended to be a space for AANHPI advocates, community members, and allies to connect, dialogue, share successes, problem solve, and network. API-GBV staff will be available to moderate and encourage discussion, but this is a space for YOU, as the experts of this work, to share your experiences and to learn from allies across the country.

February’s Theme: AAPI Teen/Youth Dating Violence

On February 10, 2021 at noon PST, for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, join our “Bridges” AAPI Connect Call for a discussion around how relationship abuse and sexual violence impact Asian and Pacific Islander teens, youth, and young adults. API-GBV staff will facilitate dialogue around how abuse shows up in our communities; AAPI cultural, religious, and family dynamics; how bullying and mental illness play a role; and strategies AAPI programs have adapted to support healthy relationships among young people.

Future meeting themes will be determined based on participants’ interest.

Other details:

Meetings will be hosted on Zoom, and you are encouraged to join with video and voice to the extent that you are comfortable. These calls will not be recorded, but we may share takeaways, without identifying information, with our staff or community.

If you cannot make the February call, but would like to be on the list for future dates, please email

To RSVP, please use the form below, or click here to open it in another window.

#16DaysofActivism to End Gender-Based Violence 2020

November 25 – December 10, 2020

We all have a shared responsibility to end violence against women. This year, for the #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (Nov. 25) until Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), we are sharing 16 simple, every day things anyone can do, any day of year, to make a difference. Follow us (@apigbv) on Twitter or Facebook to help us spread awareness!

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Check out our activities for #16DaysOfActivism in previous years!

How COVID-19 and Systemic Responses Are Impacting Asian and Pacific Islander Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

This advisory explains how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and describes policies enacted to address the pandemic including the CARES Act, and API and immigrant survivors’ eligibility for the programs and services offered in the legislation, as well as the implications of utilizing the services. The Advisory also discusses the effect of systematic responses to the COVID-19 crisis and the unique issues that API survivors face that systems must account for to support survivor safety during the pandemic.

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by Grace Huang & Yein Pyo


September 2020

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Facts & Stats Report: Domestic Violence in Asian and Pacific Islander Homes, 2015

The 2020 updated and expanded Facts and Stats Report contains new statistics on domestic violence, community attitudes, health and mental health impacts, help-seeking behavior, domestic violence related homicide, and more. The Facts & Stats Report, consistently among our most downloaded publications, is our most comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed, reliable data on abuse affecting AAPI communities.

Help us share and promote the release of the 2020 Facts & Stats Report by sharing these graphics on your platforms!

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by Mieko Yoshihama, Ph.D., Chic Dabby, & Shirley Luo

Updated and Expanded, October 2020

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Past Events

We are seeking our Executive Director!

Deadline: Nov 6, 2020
Start date: Jan/Feb 2021

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (“the Institute”/API-GBV) is entering an exciting new stage of our organizational history. We are seeking a talented leader who will guide us through a period of strategic assessment and growth while also ensuring organizational stability and staff well-being.

Building on our current relationships and accomplishments, API-GBV seeks to expand our reach, strengthen our partnerships, and launch new strategies to shift power in a way that enables underrepresented voices to more forcefully impact their communities. Central to our work is the recognition of the intersection of race, income, immigration status, and gender.

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

Gender-Based Violence in Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ Communities: Roundtable Report

This report summarizes and synthesizes discussion from a roundtable on GBV in Asian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander LGBTQ communities, convened by API-GBV in September 2019. Attendees discussed how gender manifests as a site of oppression for API LGBTQ individuals, and strategies to address violence in API LGBTQ communities.

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From a Spiral of Violence to a Whirlwind of Healing: Strengthening Advocacy for API LGBTQ Survivors

Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse have often been understood in terms of men’s violence against women. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified individuals consistently experience intimate partner violence at similar rates as heterosexual women. With 21-55% of Asian women reporting experiences of intimate physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime, the implications for LGBTQ API individuals are extensive. Yet while the number of anti-violence programs serving Asian and Pacific Islander communities has grown considerably over the last decades, there is little research and still very few culturally-specific resources for LGBTQ survivors of gender-based violence.

This webinar will offer a framework for understanding Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ experiences of gender-based violence, and the multiple barriers that these survivors face when seeking support. Integrating highlights from the Institute’s September 2019 Roundtable on API LGBTQ communities, this presentation will provide ideas and recommendations for organizations to engage and serve API LGBTQ survivors more effectively.

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Presented by:
Nathaniel Naik Shara

Hosted by API-GBV

September 30, 2020

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Organizing in Asia: A Presentation by Grace Poore, OutRight Action International

This report summarizes a presentation by Grace Poore, Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at Outright Action International. The presentation and following Q&A set the context of struggles and activism for LGBT rights in Asian countries, and includes critical analysis, research, discussions among activists, backlash and its impacts, societal contexts, and movement strategies infusing the work for LGBT rights and safety in Asia.

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