API-GBV is pleased to announce that we have hired our new Director of Programs, Sarah Khan. Ms. Khan has worked with the institute for the past seven years, most recently as the Senior Project Specialist for OVW’s Culturally Specific Service Project. She also co-led the design and implementation of a national financial capability pilot program for immigrant South Asian survivors of violence. In her work, she also draws on her 18 years in the field of gender-based violence and community development – developing programs and leadership while supporting the expertise and voices of those she works with. She brings a breadth of experience providing both direct services as well as training and technical support to the field, while working with multi-cultural communities of color.

In this new position, Ms. Khan will lead API-GBV’S programmatic staff in the vision for program development, implementation and evaluation. She will also continue to provide technical assistance and training for the organizations that we serve. In addition, she will oversee the administration of all aspects of government, public and privately funded API-GBV programs. We are excited about the vision, management experience, and technical expertise that Ms. Khan will bring to this new position at API-GBV. Ms. Khan will begin her position on October 5th. We hope you will join us in our warm congratulations. You can reach her at SKhan[at]API-GBV[dot]org

In accepting the position Ms. Khan said:

“I am excited about exploring an opportunity to continue to work at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, while the Institute embarks on an exciting new organizational restructuring process. I want to acknowledge our Board of Directors, the advisory Committee and the now retired Executive Director for their vision of ending gender-based violence and bringing equity in our communities. I look forward to working with our partners to make this vision a reality. I’m also deeply grateful that I was able to learn from so many inspiring advocates at the community programs I worked with in my previous roles, and I am looking forward to deepening our relationships with them as we move into new projects and collaborations.”

We also are grateful to the 57 applicants who applied for this position. They had a wide-variety of experience in advocacy, technical support, and policy-development for survivors of gender-based violence across the world. We are continually buoyed by meeting the passionate, talented, and experienced people who are providing leadership and support to the field. We feel honored that they reached out to us, and we hope to cross paths with them in the future as together we envision a world free of violence for API communities.