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Serving Ethnic and Racial Communities

Asian and Pacific Islander Victims

Asian Americans represent a large and rapidly growing segment of the U.S. population. A recent U.S. Census estimate puts the Asian population at more than 11 million people and predicts the population will more than triple by 2050. The individuals represented in these numbers are exceedingly diverse, coming from nearly 50 countries and ethnic groups, each with distinct cultures, traditions, and histories and with more than 100 languages and dialects.99 Asian and Pacific Islander populations include Bangladeshi, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Fijiian, Filipino/a, Guamanian, Hapa, Hawaiian, Himong, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malaysian, Mepali, Okinawan, Pakistani, Samoan, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, Tongan, and Vietnamese.

Turn to the following organizations for expertise in Asian and Pacific Islander populations and support in your casework, community outreach, program development, and more:

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Promotes policy, program, and research efforts to improve the health and well-being of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander communities.

Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Focuses on critical issues, research and data collection, community organizing, and analyses about gender violence.

Asian American Health
Includes information about major Asian American populations, medical journals, communicating with Asian children about health issues, statistics, alternative medicine, and other health topics.

Asian American Net
Promotes and strengthens cultural, educational, and commercial ties between Asia and North America and includes links to Asian American organizations and immigration resources.

Asian Women's Shelter
Provides peer-to-peer support to organizations in the United States that are focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking. Asian Women's Shelter also has developed models for multilingual advocacy and community building that include queer and transgender communities.

Provides technical assistance on complex questions arising in immigration cases for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors (offered exclusively to Office on Violence Against Women grantees) and offers resources and information through an online clearinghouse.

Hot Peaches
Lists hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers, and women's organizations by country. Information about domestic violence is available in more than 70 languages.

Manavi, Inc.
Concentrates on the issue of violence against women in the South Asian immigrant community. Although Manavi is located and works with South Asian women who reside in New Jersey, its focus is also national and international.

Seeks to address the unmet needs of abused South Asian women by providing advocacy, support, information, and referrals within a culturally sensitive model.

National Center for Cultural Competence
Increases the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.

National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
Ensures that systems-wide policies and social change initiatives related to sexual assault are informed by input and direction from women of color.

Pacific Asian Language Services
Provides and trains health care interpreters and translators.

Empowers women, particularly survivors of domestic violence, and strives to create a voice and safe environment for all South Asian women through outreach, advocacy, leadership development, and organizing.

Provides a medium of communication by and for South Asian women. The Web site includes articles, mailing lists, discussion groups, links to other Web sites, and a list of children's books and information on domestic violence organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and the United States.

Silent Epidemic: A Survey of Violence Among Young Asian American Women
Examines the impact of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking among Asian American women ages 18–34.