Individual and systems advocacy are critical to safety, empowerment and justice. Advocates continually build and re-shape individual advocacy strategies as trends, needs, and conditions change. In addition, their institutional advocacy work has to ensure that systems build cultural competency and language access into the services and resources they offer Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander survivors.
Visions guiding advocacy shift with experience, evaluation of results, and responses to changing socio-cultural contexts. Many Asian and Pacific Islander programs have adopted mission statements which claim goals such as ending domestic violence, increasing survivor safety, increasing independence, and promoting women’s self-determination. Practices may or may not concur with such stated goals. While there is no clear consensus of a vision which most effectively captures the overall spirit and everyday motivations for our work, questions regarding the relevance and effectiveness of previously established assumptions and goals reveal the need to reflect collectively and redefine the vision for individual organizations and for the movement.
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