Webinars

Analyzing Culture to Design Community-Based Programs for Asians & Pacific Islanders

Chic Dabby, Director, Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Forty-one to sixty percent of Asian women report experiencing domestic violence, physical or sexual, in their lifetime. Whilst cultural competency generally refers to services tailored to meet the needs of different ethnic groups, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) advocates have designed programs that also analyze the cultures of violence against women, of familial and community norms, and of systems.

  • The Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence illustrates the historical nature of the culture of violence against women and its traumatic effects on health and mental health.
  • The differing dynamics of domestic violence in the API home reflect its culture of familial and community norms and how culturally and linguistically specific interventions address them.
  • As victims/survivors negotiate the complex culture of systems, cross-system advocacy mitigates the barriers.
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, a national resource center funded the Family Violence Prevention Services office, serves a national network of over 100 domestic violence programs for Asians, Arabs and Pacific Islanders. A description of its work in Muslim and in Hmong communities will exemplify how it develops training, technical assistance, and products based on identifying and analyzing trends, critical issues, and promising practices.


Domestic Violence in Refugee Families

Chic Dabby, Director, Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Domestic violence is a universal problem, but its cultural expressions differ. The Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Institute on Domestic Violence is pleased to announce a webinar on domestic violence in refugee families. Domestic violence in refugee communities has some different patterns, forms, and dynamics of abuse. Culturally relevant and multi-lingual services that integrate trauma-informed domestic violence response support strategies is critical. In order to offer meaningful support to refugee families it important to offer domestic violence advocacy that understand their unique histories, issues, and needs. During this webinar, the API Institute on Domestic Violence will:

  • Identify the types and unique dynamics of domestic violence in refugee families;
  • Consider how these issues affect members of the nuclear and extended family;
  • Address culturally relevant and trauma-informed interventions, especially in the light of unresolved and/or new traumas and mental health problems;
  • Enumerate national resources for technical assistance; coordinating with local service programs and how families experiencing abuse can be supported at various points of contact in ORR agencies;
  • Provide the cultural contexts of gender norms and how they influence help-seeking behaviors, community attitudes to domestic violence, the process of resettlement, and women’s empowerment.

Meaningful Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Implications for Advocates and Strategies Improve Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Grace Huang, Public Policy Coordinator, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV)
Thursday, October 3, 2013

October is not only Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but it is also the time to actively mobilize for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), which currently risks delay for consideration in Congress. Immigrant victims of domestic violence face compounded vulnerabilities, especially newly arrived immigrants and victims whose immigration status is not permanently established. Abusive partners often exploit a victim’s lack of immigration status, or dependent immigration status, as a way to maintain power and control and to keep victims silent. Indeed, many immigrant women find themselves trapped in abusive relationships because of concerns about their immigration status and fear of their own deportation and that of their abuser. As policy makers consider how to meaningfully reform the nation’s immigration system, there are opportunities to safeguard and enhance protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Immigration reform is critical to help protect victims from abuse and safeguard options for victims to stay in the U.S. leally and permanently if they choose to and are eligible. This webinar will explore current proposed policies addressing immigration reform and their impact on Asian survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways in which current immigration-related policies increase domestic violence victims’ vulnerability to abuse;
  • Describe how immigration-related policy proposals can impact domestic violence survivor; and
  • Define what roles that domestic violence survivors and advocates can play to improve immigration policies to protect all survivors of domestic violence.

Sexual Violence in the Workplace: A Training for Domestic Violence Advocates

William R. Tamayo, Regional Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Jennifer S. Rose, Gender Equity Specialist, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Thursday, December 5, 2013

This webinar examines the issue of sexual violence as it occurs in the context of workplaces, where for many Asian and Pacific Islander (API) immigrant and refugee women, an imbalance of power exists and can abused by those in control. API immigrant and refugee women may be especially vulnerable because many are low-skilled jobs like domestic work or restaurant work that have low industry standards and little of enforcement of wages and safety regulations, sometimes in the informal sector or "under the table;" limited English proficiency (LEP) and low educational attainment severely limit job prospects; and distrust of law enforcement and fear deportation keep them silent. Advocates working with API domestic violence survivors are familiar with these vulnerabilities, but may not be familiar with the laws and remedies.
Federal anti-discrimination laws do exist to protect victims of sexual harassment and related assaults in the workplace by supervisors, co-workers or third parties, and can provide remedies (back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages) and other forms relief. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency charged with investigating and litigating these cases, and it has recovered tens of millions of dollars for victims of sexual harassment in settlements and jury verdicts. However, the EEOC depends on advocates who play a critical "front line" role in identifying victims and bringing a discrimination case to the EEOC, advising victims and helping victims move forward with their claims.
In this webinar, William Tamayo, Regional Attorney for the EEOC, will train advocates on the laws, the critical evidence needed to establish a violation, how credibility can be weight in "he said, she said" cases, overcoming the cultural and linguistic barriers in bringing a case forward, the remedies available, and how to collaborate with the EEOC in order to protect victims and prosecute their civil rights claims. Jennifer Rose, Gender Equity Specialist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will facilitate conversation through the lens of an advocate-attorney and engage advocates' perspectives throughout the presentation.
To prepare, we encourage you to watch the PBS documentary film, "Rape in the Fields," which uncovers the many issues of power and control around sexual assault, harassment and rape endured by women workers at the hands of supervisors who exploit their immigrant status. Available online at PBS Video: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365031455/
As a result of this webinar, participants will have increased understanding of:

  • The laws governing workplace sexual harassment and violence, and the monetary and non-monetary remedies available to victims,
  • The role of retaliation and the impact of immigration status issues in sexual harassment matters,
  • Ways to leverage resources through collaboration around sexual harassment cases; understanding the role of the EEOC in enforcing these laws and working with advocates, and
  • The role of domestic violence advocates in raising questions of sexual violence in the workplace, and building relationships with their local EEOC representatives.

Survivor-Centered, Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Services for Human Trafficking Victims

Chic Dabby, Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Cindy Liou, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program (FVPSA), with support from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is conducting a 90-minute webinar on Survivor-Centered, Trauma-Informed Advocacy and Services for Human Trafficking Victims.
Join presenters, Chic Dabby and Cindy Liou to learn how to:

  • Define human trafficking and analyze the root causes and socioeconomic factors of trafficking; distinguish between trafficking and human smuggling, and the different manifestations and victim profiles of trafficking, including minors and adults, foreign nationals and U.S. born individuals;
  • Learn the current trends in labor and sex trafficking of immigrant and U.S. born individuals; the legal remedies available; and how laws and policies shape the responses to human trafficking;
  • Identify critical considerations and interventions at various points of contact such as arrest, legal services, health and mental health services, shelters, etc. to better formulate collaborative partnerships among multi-disciplinary agencies;
  • Understand trauma from repeated victimization, how this influences help-seeking behaviors, and how trauma-informed practices can guide case management.