ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE ANNOUNCE GRANTEES FOR $13.2 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM UNDER THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
Grant program will support culturally-specific, community-based projects supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault from Asian and Pacific Islander Communities in the United States and the Pacific.
Oakland, CA – The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) announces today that it will award 43 organizations to support culturally-specific, community-based projects supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the U.S. and Pacific. The $13.2 million dollar initiative from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) under the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) will be the first time API-GBV will be distributing two years of funding to culturally specific organizations that serve sexual assault (SA) and domestic violence (DV) survivors in AAPI communities.
Under the ARP Support for Survivors Program, API-GBV will distribute subgrants through the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Capacity Building Fund to assist culturally specific organizations providing DV and SA services in Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI), and Middle Eastern (ME) communities in the United States and U.S. territories.
“API-GBV is honored and proud to support community-based organizations at the forefront of sexual assault and domestic violence work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential to have this kind of funding distributed to communities with organizations deeply rooted in their environmental and cultural awareness and expertise in supporting survivors,” said Monica Khant, Executive Director of API-GBV. “The AAPI community is often left out of the public narrative on sexual assault and domestic violence and through this important work we will have the opportunity to support organizations who directly support survivors in our communities.”
The ARP Support for Survivors Program will address the emergent needs of survivors, and the programs that serve them, resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The work will also promote strategic partnership development and collaboration in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency on survivors of SA and DV.
“As a partner of API-GVB in this effort, the National Organization of Asians & Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV) is looking forward to working with the funded organizations focusing on sexual violence to increase the availability of culturally specific and trauma-informed services to victims/survivors of sexual violence from the Asian & Pacific Islander communities nationally and in the U.S. Territories in the Pacific through this funding. ” said Mira Yusef, Executive Director at NAPIESV (NAPIESV is a program under Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity). “We also want to highlight the authentic inclusion of victim services for sexual violence that happens outside of the context of intimate partner violence. Victims of sexual violence outside of marital rape/intimate partner sexual violence from the API communities are usually provided services that are not specific to their needs as sexual assault victims/survivors.”
The organizations funded by the ARP Support for Survivors grant were identified by a committee of peer reviewers with extensive experience in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields, and working in AANHPI and ME communities in the U.S. Funding provided under the ARP Support for Survivors Program will advance API-GBV’s mission to disrupt gender-based violence, which causes physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual and economic harm within AAPI communities throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories. And, promote API-GBV’s core values of uplifting the voices and experiences of AAPI communities who are impacted by violence; building capacity through training and technical support for organizations who serve our communities; engaging allied communities and systems to create shifts in gendered cultural norms and address injustices; educate communities to mobilize them to prevent gender-based violence; and advocate for policies and practices that ensure access to essential rights and services.
Of the grantees selected, 16 projects support Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and 15 projects support Middle Eastern communities, including projects focused on prevention, culturally specific services for Queer and Trans survivors, virtual services and data security, culturally rooted practices in healing and resiliency, and engaging men and youth. For a complete list of grantees, visit this link.
About Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian/Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. API-GBV envisions a world free of gender-based violence for communities with equal opportunities for all to thrive. For more information about API-GBV, visit www.api-gbv.org.
List of ARP Grantees
- Asian Women’s Shelter
- California Hmong Advocates Network – Building Our Future
- Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
- Noor Family Services Corporation
- Effective Planning & Innovatie Communication, Inc. (dba EPIC ‘Ohana)
- Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy & Resource Center (EMBARC)
- Arab American Family Services
- Asian Women United of Minnesota
- Laal NYC
- Karen Society of Buffalo
- Women for Afghan Women
- Asians Against Domestic Abuse
- United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance – Washington
- Raksha, Inc.
- Transforming Generations
- Sikh Family Center
- API Chaya
- American Samoa Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
- Community Refugee and Immigration Services
- AshaKiran, Inc.
- Pacific Community of Alaska
- Pennsylvania Immigrant & Refugee Women Network
- Victim Advocates Reaching Out
- Intersections, Inc.
- Marshallese Educational Initiative
- Banteay Srei
- Kilusan Wellness
- Our Medicine is Resistance
- Guma’ Mami, Inc.
- Tohge Corporation
- Sahiyo US
- Research Advocacy Institute Gilgit Baltistan
- Communities As One
- Kaimana Intervention under the Child and Family Empowerment Foundation
- Moving Rasa
- Ai Acupuncture
- Center for Pacific and Asian Communities
- Association of Feminists Fighting Fascism, Imperialism, Refeudalization and Marginalization (AF3IRM)
- Queer Crescent
About the ARP Support for Survivors Program
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) was awarded $13.2 million through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) under the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) to distribute this funding to culturally specific organizations that serve domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) survivors.
Working in partnership with SA training and technical assistance provider, the National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV), our collective goal is to support culturally specific community-based organizations in providing culturally specific activities that:
- Address the emergent needs of survivors and the programs that serve them, resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency; and
- Promote strategic partnership development and collaboration in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency on survivors of DV and SA.
The ARP Support for Survivors Program aims to prevent, prepare, and respond to the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on survivors from Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI), and Middle Eastern (ME) communities in the U.S. Subgrants under the ARP Support for Survivors Program will be equally distributed between DV and SA projects, and organizations may apply for DV funding, SA funding, or a combination of both.
Under the ARP Support for Survivors Program, API-GBV will distribute, monitor, and manage subgrants through the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Capacity Building Fund to assist culturally specific organizations providing DV and SA services in AANHPI and ME communities in the United States and U.S. territories. Subgrants will be accompanied by programmatic training and technical assistance from API-GBV to DV grantees and NAPIESV to SA grantees, while the administration of the funding will be conducted by API-GBV.