Highlights from February 2019
Wishing you Fortune and Joy in the Year of the Pig!
Dear Friends,

This February 5th we celebrated Lunar New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, T ết (in Vietnam), and Seollal (in Korea). In 2019, we welcome the year of the pig. Stalwart and reliable, the pig reminds us to approach endeavors with dedication and optimism.

In many Asian traditions, the weeks leading up to New Year is an opportune moment to clear out grudges, clutter, and other annoyances of the previous year, making room for good luck and positivity.

We wish you luck, fortune, and joy in this new year!
Red and gold image of a pig, with words 2019: Happy New Year. Year of the pig
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Find statistics, information, tools, and resources at:

  • Break the Cycle: Healthy relationship quizzes, and resources for adults and youth
  • loveisrespect: Relationships 101, Title IX Video series
  • HEART Women & Girls: Resources on sexual health and sexual violence prevention for Muslim youth
Anti-immigration rhetoric and policies still keeping survivors from seeking help:

In 2017, a survey conducted by API-GBV and partner organizations revealed that 43% of survivor advocates worked with immigrant survivors who dropped their cases because they were fearful to continue. In a recent statement to California Health Report, Policy Director Grace Huang suggests that fears are likely to be even stronger now: survivors are "declining to apply (for U visa protections) because they'd rather be under the radar than (have) immigration authorities have any information about them."

Visit the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors and sign up for their emails for the latest on immigration policy and resources for advocates.
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News and Updates from the Field:

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence