Highlights from March 2019
Celebrating Women's History Month
Dear Friends,

In March (and every day) we celebrated the achievements and vision of women whose work paved the paths that we now walk towards a world free from inequality and violence. Though these Asian and Pacific Islander leaders rarely make it into the pages of our history textbooks, we live by their words:

"Aloha supersedes jealousy, it supersedes anger, and Aloha allows us to have a commonality, regardless of our politics or gender expression." - Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Kumu Hina, Native Hawaiian community leader, cultural activist and teacher
Welcome Yolanda Brandon, API-GBV's new Director of Finance and Administration!

Yolanda comes to us with over 25 years of experience managing both for-profit and non-profit financial and administrative systems, specializing in infrastructure building and process improvement.

As an adjunct professor at a local community college, Yolanda teaches business classes on finance and accounting. She lights up when talking about her hobbies: fashion and hiking.

We are excited to welcome Yolanda to our team!
Image description: A selfie of three smiling Asian women
Critical Conversations - Asian/Pacific in Community

On March 11th, API-GBV staff was invited to co-facilitate a breakout session among 35 self-identified API activists at CPEDV's Shifting the Lens conference. Participants discussed the relevance of the victim vs. offender framework in API communities. The conversation reaffirmed the strength of our communities, their vibrancy, and their commitment to this movement.
Thank you Wake International for having us at Tech2Empower 2019!

This March 5-8, we joined 40+ social justice nonprofits from across the country for a 3-day event hosted by Wake International. Our cohort learned tricks and tips for using YouTube and Twitter for social impact, connected with sister organizations, and teamed up with tech experts to streamline the Alliance For Immigrant Survivors website and Take Action tools! Thank you to the amazing team at Wake for this opportunity!
Spread the word! Ask Asian foreign-born women in your communities to:

Answer questions in English, Hmong, or Arabic on their priorities, experiences & problems

Learn & understand the danger risks in their relationships

Get a tailored safety plan & resources (myPlan) for health & safety

Receive compensation for their participation
A strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) authorization is critical to ensuring that survivors continue to get the services and support they need to escape violence and access safety and justice.

Visit the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors Take Action page to learn more on this topic & see how you can help
April 1st marks 1 year from the 2020 Census. Asian & Pacific Islander communities are vibrant and diverse. See what you can do to make sure we're represented in 2020: get the Census Day of Action Toolkit from Census Counts, with ideas for events and outreach.
News and Updates from the Field:
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence