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Giving Thanks

Thank You for Your Support!

This season, we are especially thankful for all of you who support CPAF and the families we serve. We give thanks to those who fund the change we bring about together.

We wish everyone a peaceful and safe holiday weekend. Thank you for joining CPAF as we nurture change together.

Nov. 28 is #GivingTuesday: Up to $50k in Matching

#GivingTuesday - Nov. 28 - CPAF Fundraisers

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are contributing up to $2 million in matching to donations made through Facebook on November 28th.

How can you help? As a supporter of Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to show your commitment to our work by creating a Facebook fundraiser and sharing with your friends on #GivingTuesday.  Creating a fundraiser is easy and we welcome fundraisers with any goal amount.

Here’s how to create a fundraiser:

  • Go to
  • Click “Raise Money”
  • Select a cover photo option
  • The title and CPAF’s mission are pre-populated – feel free to tell your story, add an end date and a goal
  • Be sure to include #GivingTuesday in your description, then click “Create”
  • Then on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28th, share and invite friends to give to your fundraiser

Where will the money raised go?

CPAF operates the only Asian and Pacific Islander (API)-language crisis hotline for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Southern California, and the only rape crisis center tailored for API survivors state-wide. Families stay at CPAF’s safe and confidential shelters when they move from crisis to safety and healing. CPAF conducts community outreach to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, and partners with community-based organizations to deepen violence prevention strategies with API youth.

  • $1,000 pays for a week of summer activities for our youth at our shelters
  • $500 gives a stipend to a survivor to get job training or take English as a Second Language
  • $250 supplies a housewarming basket for families moving into their new home.
  • $100 funds a workshop on dating violence prevention for Asian and Pacific Islander youth.
  • $50 provides one night of emergency food and shelter for a family.

Donations to nonprofits made through Facebook’s charitable giving tools on November 28th will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit or $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out. The match will begin at 8AM EST (5AM PST).

Thank you for your support. Let’s nurture change together.

#MeToo – When and how will we start taking responsibility?

You’ve seen the #MeToo posts. You’ve read the articles on public figures and sexual assault in the workplace. But when will it end? What can we do?
Former CPAF staff member and current supporter Brittany Wong Morey shares her sentiments and makes us think about what we can do right now.


If all the women (or men) who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me Too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.

Please copy/paste if you too have been a victim

I hate having to post this, because I really don’t want pity or someone gasping, “I’m so sorry, I had no idea!” Honestly, and sadly, I am much more surprised when I meet a woman who has never been sexually harassed in some way. And I don’t want to put a spotlight on some of the darkest moments of my life. But as a SURVIVOR of rape, sexual harassment, assault, stalking, etc., I have met countless women and men who have been through similar experiences, and I want you to know that you are not alone, and you too are a SURVIVOR, and I will do what is in my power to fight for you and against this rape culture we live in.


I am proud of the fact that I worked at, supported, and plan to sit on the board of the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, an organization committed to helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I am also proud that I have on different occasions, “ran interference” for women I thought might be victimized if I didn’t step in, because what I saw was all too familiar in their situations. I know there’s probably more I could have done in some cases, and more I can still work on, but it’s a start.


Most of all, while I am personally aware of the sin and darkness of humanity, I have so much reason for hope. Against the odds, I am married to an amazing man who loves me unconditionally, cares for me, and supports me in all aspects of life. I have had the wonderful experience of being mentored professionally by men who truly saw and believed in what I bring to the table intellectually. And, my husband and I are raising two sweet, energetic, sensitive, caring, and crazy little boys to respect other people’s bodies and their own. I pray for them everyday that they will grow up to stand up for what is right, no matter what, and protect those who aren’t able to stand up for themselves. What will you do to make sure they grow up in a better world than the one we live in now?


We must take action and not give up hope, not despite these trying times, but especially now.

So what can we do? Here is a start.

Stand with Survivors: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVAM 2017

Throughout the month of October, we invite our community of supporters – you – to help raise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence. Here are some ways you can participate. Change involves you.

Help raise awareness by learning more:

Domestic violence can take many forms: physical, emotional, verbal, economic, legal and more. Examples can include:

  • controlling behavior, such as needing to know where you are all the time;
  • controlling money;
  • threatening deportation, threatening to take the kids away.

Believe survivors of domestic violence:

  • Domestic violence and sexual assault happen in the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities and API women are the least likely to report abuse.
  • 1 out of 2 Asian & Pacific Islander (API) immigrant women have been physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abused [Source: API Institute on Gender-Based Violence].

Help someone who might be experiencing domestic violence – let them know they are not alone:

  • Give them CPAF’s 24-Hour Multilingual Hotline Phone Number– 1-800-339-3940 – and encourage them to visit CPAF’s website, CPAF’s services are free, strictly confidential, and multi-lingual, in more than 25 Asian and Pacific Islander languages.

Make a donation to CPAF in honor of people in your life who have been affected by domestic violence, and in support of survivors:

Join us and let’s nurture change together.

Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Task Force presents “Beyond the Basics” for DVAM

Every year Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Task Force (APIDVTF) hosts an event in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). APIDVTF was formed by a group of domestic violence social service agencies and community members in November 2004. CPAF is a task force member, working in collaboration with other agencies to eliminate domestic violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities through outreach, education, and advocacy. For more information on the API Domestic Violence Task Force, please click on the link below:


This year, APIDVTF organized “Beyond the Basics: An Informational Event on Domestic Violence Resources for Service Providers,” a free event for service providers working in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The event included two informational presentations given by legal advocates and a panel discussion with domestic violence service providers from various backgrounds.

DACA updates from Tiffany Panlilio, Department of Justice accredited representative from Asian American Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA)  


Panelists include CPAF’s very own Patima Komolamit (Shelter Program Director) and Kathy Te (Emergency Shelter Program Manager)

CPAF recognizes that it takes a collaborative community effort to bring domestic violence awareness through outreach, advocacy, and education. Special thanks to APIDVTF members for their leading efforts in organizing this event and to Pacific Clinics Training Institute for hosting the site. CPAF is a proud member of APIDVTF and will continue to join in the fight to end domestic violence.


If you are interested in joining us in the struggle, here are some action steps you can take:

  • Check out our previous blog on easy ways to participate in DVAM 2017:

  • Want to get involved in APIDVTF’s 2018 event? Contact us through APIDVTF’s contact page:


A Year in Review: CPAF’s 2017 Annual Report

On behalf of everyone at Center for the Pacific Asian Family, THANK YOU! CPAF would not be able to provide its prevention, intervention, shelter, outreach and community engagement services without the generous support of our funders.

Head over to Resources to view our latest Annual Report for fiscal year 2016-2017.

After more than 17 years as partners serving survivors of domestic violence, CPAF and Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC) integrated to enhance our capacity to serve the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities of Southern California.

As a unified organization, we look forward to continuing to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through linguistically-appropriate and culturally-specific services. Thank you for your generosity as we embark on our new chapter together.

FY 2016-17 Annual Report Highlights:

– In December 2016, CPAF’s Community Center moved to a larger facility in a more easily-accessible Mid-Wilshire location.

– In December 2016, CPAF completed a comprehensive renovation of its Emergency Shelter facility’s kitchen.

– In March 2017, CPAF integrated with sister agency APWC, adding 24 beds to its Transitional Program.

– This year, CPAF helped lead the movement to increase language access and build capacity in the community, both locally and state-wide.

o The City of Los Angeles selected CPAF to implement a project to increase language access for limited English speaking survivors at partner domestic violence organizations, and to strengthen CPAF’s Language Bank of bilingual volunteers, who support translation and interpretation needs of partner agencies.

o CPAF is one of six partners in the Multi-Year Language Access Resources (MYLAR) Project, which provides state-wide trainings for participants to learn how to adopt a diversity framework, enhance leadership and budget strategies, and increase language access at their workplace, all in reference to serving victims of crime more effectively throughout the state.

– CPAF’s Prevention Program experienced a 77% increase in youth participation over the previous year.

Continue following our blog for information about upcoming events as CPAF enters its 40th anniversary year in 2018!

Easy Way to Help This Domestic Violence Awareness Month

CPAF’s original template for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – please print and share!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. CPAF encourages you to

1. Print the template above

2. Make it your own

3. Share on social media, using the hashtags #WHYICARE #DVAM2017 #CPAFORG

You can link to this blog too so others can create their own and share with more people.

Thank you advance for your participation and support. See you on social media! 🙂

Celebrating Resilience and Partnership at CPAF’s Gala – Together We Rise

Tremendous thanks to all who supported CPAF’s Gala for Change on Friday, September 22!

We were happy to host a crowd of 400 at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. We’ve included a few photos from the event. View more photos in our Facebook album here.

Our board president, Roselma Samala, presented the Champion for Change award to Susan Hirasuna for her extensive volunteer efforts over the past few years. Susan was joined onstage by the evening’s Culinary Partners – whose participation Susan helped secure and who donated their time and culinary talents to feed our guests.

Our shelter director, Patima Komolamit, shared a story demonstrating the resilience of the survivors of family violence whom CPAF helps.

The program featured a tribute to those involved in Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC), an organization that integrated with CPAF earlier in 2017. Several APWC supporters joined the event to help honor Champion for Change awardees, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Nixon Peabody LLP, the two law firms whose pro bono work contributed greatly to the integration process over the past few years.

We capped off the evening with a lively performance from The Inspiration band. We are grateful for the group’s continuing support to CPAF, and thankful to all the great musicians and vocalists for donating their talent, time and effort to bring fun and joy to this year’s gala:

  • Tony Ryan – Guitarist/Vocalist
  • Marc Bosserman – Keyboard/Vocalist
  • Stan Cotey – Keyboard/Guitarist/Vocalist
  • William F. Jordan – Lead Vocalist
  • Tyler Ryan – Drummer
  • Bob Sullivan – Percussionist
  • Michael Mull – Horn Player
  • Paul Litteral – Horn Player
  • Jim Scimonetti – Saxophones/Flutes/Vocalist
  • Abdul Latif – Bass Player
  • Willy Ma – Guitarist/Vocalist

Thank you so much for your support of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Leadership Sponsors

  • Anthony Caminiti
  • Cathay Bank
  • East West Bank
  • Nossaman LLP

Partnership Sponsors

  • Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles Chapter & Friends of Susan Hirasuna
  • CTBC Bank
  • Downtown Properties Management Services
  • Edison International
  • Janice & Wade Oshiro
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Larry & Leiyan Keele
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • SoCalGas
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Total Roofing
  • U.S. Bank

Please visit our gala page for a full list of sponsors and culinary, beverage and dessert partners.

Gala – New Culinary Partners Chaya, Red O; Emcee David Ono

Gala Emcee - David Ono, ABC7

We are pleased to announce ABC7’s David Ono will serve as emcee for our gala this Friday. David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm. He also anchors with Coleen Sullivan on Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.

We’re excited that two new Culinary Partners will participate in our gala:  Chaya Downtown and Red O.


Chaya Downtown — Chef Inoue continues Chaya’s legacy as a pioneer in Franco-Japanese cuisine. He has also introduced a Japanese fish market program to the restaurant, with a renovated Kaisen raw bar and tableside whole fish presentations.

Red O features Mexican dishes as well as prime steak and seafood and an extensive tequila selection, brought to you by Rick Bayless, who carries the title of Bravo’s 2009 Top Chef Master.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: CPAF Gala General Admission tickets are $200 and reserved seating tickets are available at $500. For a complete listing of sponsors, participants and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit the CPAF gala page.

CPAF Gala – A Sneak Peek at What’s to Come on Friday, September 22

Gala - Sneak Peek!

CPAF Gala – A Sneak Peek at What’s to Come on Friday, September 22

The CPAF Gala for Change is coming up soon on Friday, September 22 – here’s a preview of the evening:

6-8PM Food Tasting & Silent Auction

A reception featuring dishes prepared by 12 of SoCal’s finest restaurants – get your taste buds ready! Learn more about our Culinary Partners below.

8-9PM Program & Awards Presentation

Our theme is Together We Rise, in celebration of CPAF’s recent integration with Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC) – we united to expand our capacity to serve the community.

We are pleased to announce ABC7’s David Ono will serve as emcee for our gala this Friday. David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm. He also anchors with Coleen Sullivan on Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.

Join us as we honor Susan Hirasuna, anchor/reporter, Fox11 News, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Nixon Peabody LLP with our Champions for Change award for their incredible volunteer spirit! Read more about our honorees here.

9-10PM Live Band Entertainment

The Inspiration is a dance band with a full-on horn section playing funk, disco, soul and rock to make for a high-energy performance for this gala. Band Leader Tony Ryan has also served as The Inspiration’s musical director for the past two CPAF galas. We are grateful for The Inspiration’s continued support to CPAF.  We are thankful to all the band members for their donation of their talent, time and effort to bring fun and joy to our gala again this year.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: CPAF Gala General Admission tickets are $200 and reserved seating tickets are available at $500. For a complete listing of sponsors, participants and to purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit the CPAF gala page.

Food Tasting Reception Sneak Peek: Featuring Our Culinary Partners

We are so thankful to our Culinary Partners who are donating delicious food AND their time and talent to make our food tasting an delightful experience! Learn more about their culinary specialities below.

Returning Culinary Partners

Ayara Lūk

Ayara Lūk is a pop-up operated by Chef Vanda Asapahu, who also owns Ayara Thai and they return to participate in their 3rd year with CPAF’s gala. Their changing menu is small and curated to feature favorites from Ayara Thai and they feature environmentally-conscious ingredients. They were one of the first restaurants to introduce the Northern Thai style curry noodles dish soi koi to Los Angeles.

Read more about Ayara Lūk here.

Barbara Jean

Barbara Jean serves quintessential Soul Food with a focus on the roots of African American cooking.  Long time supporter of CPAF, Chef Jason Fullilove is also known for dinner series called RED at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) created tasting menus and meals directly inspired by current art exhibits, live readings and the films of Stanley Kubrik & Danny Boyle.

Read more about Barbara Jean here.

Chicas Tacos

Chicas Tacos is a downtown taqueria inspired by the food of the Valle de Guadalupe region and Carmela (a.k.a. Chica), the woman who inspired the restaurant’s bold flavors of Mexico.  Three native Californians – Chris Blanchard, Jon Blanchard, and Nico Rusconi who opened Chicas, grew up traveling to Mexico as kids where they cultivated the appreciation of the food of the region.

Read more about Chicas Tacos here.

House of An

The House of An has a culinary approach is based on the principles of Eastern Medicine, rich in anti-oxidants and healthy herbs, made from the finest ingredients, used only when they are in season and at their freshest. This family business comes from three generations of women from Vietnam who rose from the loss of home and country with the fall of Saigon to their relocation to America and building a multi-million dollar food and hospitality empire — their restaurants include Tiato in Santa Monica, Crustacean in Beverly Hills, and Anqi in Orange County.

Read more about House of An here.

Osteria Vicario

Chef Matt Dhillon and Osteria Vicario have participated in the CPAF Gala in both 2015 and 2016. Their menu changes often to showcase the best of what is in season.

Read more about Osteria Vicario here.


Chef Perry Cheung heads up Phorage, a Vietnamese eatery offering fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.  Cheung was recently just on  Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and also won on The Esquire channel’s Knife Fight and Culinary Battles 2014.  This is their third year joining us for the CPAF Gala.

Read more about Phorage here.


New Chef Lionel Killens focuses on reintroducing bright coastal flavors to Los Angeles and recently opened a Playa del Rey location.  He returns this year to CPAF to bring the flavors and beach vibes of Hawaii and Mexico with favorites like ceviche and poke that goes beyond the usual tuna and salmon.  Tikifish builds in the DIY concept where to can personalize bowls from a variety of rotating fish and sauces, with options for uni, crab salad, and more.

Read more about TikiFish here.

New Culinary Partners

Chaya Downtown — Chef Inoue continues Chaya’s legacy as a pioneer in Franco-Japanese cuisine. He has also introduced a Japanese fish market program to the restaurant, with a renovated Kaisen raw bar and tableside whole fish presentations.

Commerson is a centrally-located, late-night spot with gorgeous ambiance and they serve American fare.

Read more about Commerson here.

Emporium Thai Cuisine

Emporium Thai Cuisine focuses on Southern Thai cooking and is a family owned business that has been voted best Thai food by Thrillist, LA Magazine, and the Culture Trip.  They support the local growers and nearby farmer markets where they get their fresh seafood, meats and produce daily.

Read more about Emporium Thai Cuisine here.

Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar

Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar serves a wide array of Mexican cuisine and are known for their parrilladas and their special off-menu ceviche that includes guacamole, “the way Juan eats it.” They also serve amazing chicharron and tripe so be ready for a food adventure.

Learn more about Gloria’s Restaurant and Bar here.

Red O features Mexican dishes as well as prime steak and seafood and an extensive tequila selection, brought to you by Rick Bayless, who carries the title of Bravo’s 2009 Top Chef Master.


Special thanks to our Beverage Partners for providing tasty drinks for our guests!

Peking Tavern

  • Participated 2014; and again in 2016 with baijiu cocktails – we are excited to have them back!

Ketel One

  • Participated every year since first food tasting (2014)
  • Signature cocktail Violet’s Ketelit’s purple in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)

Lotte Beverage America

  • Beer and soju pair well with the special dishes at our reception

Mira Laguna Wines

  • New this year – looking forward to this lovely syrah from Solvang!



Café Dulce

Café Dulce is a Little Tokyo/DTLA Arts District staple that serves coffee and desserts.  You might remember when they made bow-topped Hello Kitty donuts and lattes during Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt, as part of the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Celebration.  Donut flavors include options like Green Tea Brick Toast, Red Bean Roti, and seasonal Pumpkin Spice Roti. Congrats to Café Dulce – soon to open location #3 at USC Village!

Read more about Café Dulce here.

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