Did you know:
- 41-61% of Asian women report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
- Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise the largest group of people trafficked into the U.S.: in 2004 the numbers were estimated to be between 5,200-7,800.
- From 2000 to 2010, Washington’s API population increased by nearly 54%, from 438,502 people (7.4% of the state’s overall population) to 674,573 (10%). There are over 47 distinct Asian and Pacific Islander communities in our state.
Who is API Chaya?
API Chaya is a local non profit serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking and working to create change within Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander Communities in King County, Washington.
API Chaya was created as a result of a 2011 merger between Chaya (founded 1996) and the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Women & Family Safety Center (founded 1993).
What do we do?
We provide culturally- and linguistically-relevant services to Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking survivors, and their families. This includes supportive counseling, 24-hour helpline, emotional support, legal & systems advocacy, support groups, educational groups, and case management. We also work very closely to educate and organize Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community members to end violence in our homes and communities. We train and offer technical assistance to service providers, law enforcement, medical personnel and others on serving survivors in a culturally effective manner.
Why is our work important?
Almost all of the survivors we serve are residents of Washington State who have immigrated from countries across Asia and the Pacific Ocean. The survivors we serve typically do not access services for many reasons: fear of mainstream culture; deep stigmas about separation and/or divorce; shame; lack of information; limited English skills; immigration status; and religious beliefs or practices. They often feel intense levels of isolation, brought on initially by immigration, a process which frequently disconnects individuals from their social networks. The culturally-relevant services we offer are critical in supporting these survivors and their families to establish safety in a time of great need. Currently, we are the ONLY organization specifically serving API and South Asian survivors in Washington State. As we are based in Seattle, many of the people who seek our services live or work in King County. The strong relationships we have built with King County service providers and law enforcement officials further bolster the safety net we can provide for survivors in need.
• Direct Services which are client-centered, culturally and linguistically relevant advocacy and support program model for survivors (of all genders and sexual orientation) of abuse and their families.
• Natural Helpers who are trained volunteer bilingual/bicultural advocates providing additional survivor support and community organizing energy.
• Youth Program. In- and out-of-school programs providing young people with information about signs of unhealthy relationships, sexual violence, and other interpersonal and health resources.
• Community Mobilizing & Organizing. Raise awareness of violence within the broader context of violence, builds skills for healthy relationships, and ultimately helps decrease violence in our communities.
• The Queer Network Project increases visibility among Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex (GBLTQI) APIs, and create positive community spaces.
• The Peaceful Families Taskforce raises awareness of domestic violence in an Islamic context and mobilizes the Muslim community to support survivors of violence, including Muslim women in shelters.
• Community Outreach & Education. Educational sessions and trainings within ethnic, language, or faith communities, for service providers, law enforcement, and others, strengthening API communities as the delivery of direct services.
What We Did in 2011
- Provided support, counseling, and information to over 2,800 callers through our 24 hour helpline.
- Our staff speaks Tagalog, Ilocano, Vietnamese, Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Urdu, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Samoan. Other languages available through our pool of trained Natural Helpers include: Burmese, Chinese dialects, Filipino dialects, Hmong, Korean, Spanish, Laotian, Tamil, Telugu, Khmer, Punjabi, and Thai. Served participants from diverse regions and backgrounds including India, China, Fiji, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Samoa, Egypt, Nepal, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Iran, Jordan, Sri Lanka, and Laos who live across Washington State, including King, Pierce & Snohomish Counties and Eastern WA.
- Provided extensive services to almost 200 survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes through advocacy, counseling, support groups, safety planning and case management.
- Conducted outreaches, trainings, education and mobilization activities that reached over 4,250 people.
- Engaged and mobilized hundreds of community members and youth through our Peaceful Families Taskforce, Youth & Young Adult program in local high schools, Queer Network Program and Men’s Anti-Violence Program.
- Recruited & trained 19 Natural Helper Volunteers, who each attended over 40 hours of training, to support survivors in our communities.
- Provided trainings to over 1,100 service providers, law enforcement, community members and allies
- Annual Vigil drew over 200 people to commemorate victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
- Successfully advocated for legislation increasing housing access for human trafficking survivors
- Actively represented the Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander perspective on key women’s issues at the policy level and through the media
How can you help?
Over the years, you and other Microsoft employees have helped transform the lives of survivors, and we hope you will help us increase our reach in our community this year.
- Become a volunteer or Natural Helper
- Volunteers & Natural Helpers have been essential to API Chaya since its founding – if you are interested in finding out about our volunteer program, please email
or visit the volunteer page.
- Join us for treats and a drawing at our table this month at the Commons!
- Friday, October 5, 2012
- Wednesday, October 10, 2012
- Friday, October 19, 2012
- Select API Chaya (Tax ID 91-1674016) for a monthly donation, to be matched by Microsoft for double the impact - YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
- $25 provides a survivor with one week of bus transportation to counseling, legal appointments, and job training
- $50 provides for one week of groceries for a survivor and family
- $100 allows the 24-hour hotline to operate overnight (12 hours)
- $250 supports five nights of safe emergency hotel room stay for a human trafficking survivor who cannot access a shelter
- $350 allows 10 survivors to meet with their advocate monthly for support and safety planning
- $500 permits 15 survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to attend a 10-week support group.
- $1000 lets our Youth Specialist conduct a 10 week educational program to 30 young people on "Healthy Relationships" and violence prevention
- Stay informed about our work
- Sign up for email updates below (1-2 times a month)
- Join our Facebook page for more regular information on what we’re up to, articles of interest, and calls to action
- Attend our 2013 annual Dinner Auction which will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Seattle Hyatt.
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