CPAF 40th Anniversary: May Activity Highlights

CPAF staff, volunteers, supporters and friends were out in the community all month long in May. Since January, we have reached more than 1,300 people, raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence and engaging support for survivors. Read on for highlights of our May activities.

Honored Moms in Our Shelters for Mother’s Day – We celebrated the moms staying at CPAF’s three shelters with lunch and activities centered around making the mothers feel special.

Thanks to our South Bay Advisory Council supporters and additional volunteers who played a critical role in supporting the mother’s day activities with pampering such as hairstyling, makeup and glamour photos.

South Bay Advisory Council member applies makeup to a CPAF resident at Mother’s Day party.

Thank you to our CPAF Advisory Board members May Ma Ross and Yvonne Nishio and all their colleagues Yvonne Chang, Lisa Pai, Naomi Uyeda and Wes Tanaka who partnered with CPAF staff on Mother’s Day activities at all three CPAF shelters. They joined shelter children in making Mother’s Day cards and succulent plant arrangements for the kids’ moms, followed by pound cake desserts.

Samples of the succulents and cards assembled by children living in CPAF’s shelters

Reached Out in San Gabriel Valley – We led a workshop on dating violence and sexual violence at South Pasadena High School, and facilitated a Teen Dating Violence Prevention workshop with the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) group at San Gabriel Library. At Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead, we networked with other organizations and individuals doing important work in their communities

At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), our team participated in discussions with community members about CPAF’s services, healthy relationships, domestic violence and sexual assault. We engaged with Chi Alpha Delta sorority, who made a donation in honor of the families we serve, and the Contemporary Asian American Community class. Thank you, Chi Alpha Delta, for your contribution to the families served by CPAF. With Asian Pacific Coalition, we co-hosted the “Narratives of Us” discussion to challenge the way our stories are told for us. This discussion aimed to center the experience of survivors and unpack the impact of media on survivors’ agency to have their own stories heard and believed.

Convened Community and Supported Self-Determination – Held in partnership with HEART Women and Girls, South Asian Network and Peace Over Violence, the “Log Kya Kahenge” event focused on pushing back against all forms of victim blaming and creating space for support and affirmations.

Made New FriendsAsian Professional Exchange (APEX) and Project by Project LA (PbPLA) hosted a friendraiser at 18 Social, with all proceeds benefiting CPAF. The event’s purpose was to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in the API community, and gauge interest from folks to volunteer with CPAF. Thank you to APEX and Project by Project LA for helping raise $1,000 to benefit the families served by CPAF.

APEX, Project by Project LA and CPAF

Connected with New Volunteers – individuals interested in or in the process of joining CPAF’s volunteer program were invited to the Community Center for a “Meet and Greet”. We talked about CPAF’s programs and services and how volunteers can get involved. New volunteers connected with each other and shared why volunteering at CPAF is important to them. For more information about how you can get involved or our next Meet and Greet, contact volunteer@cpaf.info.

Partnered in Support of LGBTQ Pride – CPAF staff supported the LGBT Center in tabling for their table at Long Beach Pride, and had the great honor of having LBGTQ community supporters and leaders Marsha Aizumi and Mia Frances Yamamoto speak at our all-staff meeting. We thank them for sharing their experiences and stories in working in the LGBTQ community, and are inspired by their fearless advocacy. The San Gabriel Valley (SGV) API PFLAG is a support group for Asian-Pacific Islander (API) gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT), as well as for their parents, families, and friends; it is the first independent API PFLAG chapter in the nation.

LBGTQ community supporters and leaders Marsha Aizumi and Mia Frances Yamamoto spoke at our monthly staff meeting.

Provided Technical Assistance with Partner Organizations to Increase Language Access – Organized by My Sister’s House, we co-presented a training as part of the MYLAR (Multi-Year Language Access Resources) Collaborative for community organizations Su Casa and WomenShelter Long Beach. The MYLAR project aims to increase language access at workplaces and serve victims of crime more effectively throughout the state.

Celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Friends & Supporters – We conducted outreach and education about CPAF’s services with Sony Pictures Asian Resource Community (SPARC).

Our friends at Comcast NBC Universal’s Asian Pacific American employee resource group, APA@NBCU, – made Touchstones – small pieces of art to be carried with you (founded by our partner, A Window Between Worlds) – to be added to artwork at one of our transitional shelters.

Many thanks to Southern California Edison (SCE) for recognizing CPAF with their Community Partnership award at this year’s SCE AAPI Heritage Month celebration at Garden Grove Community Center, and to YWCA of Greater LA for naming CPAF one of their Phenomenal Allies at their “Phenomenal Women” luncheon.

Thank you for your support and partnership! Let’s keep on nurturing change together.

Learn more about CPAF’s 40th Anniversary here.


PRIDE Month

This month, we join to celebrate PRIDE. We recognize that the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals is critical to building a healthy community.

History of PRIDE MonthRemembering the Stonewall Riots

https://www.biography.com/news/stonewall-riots-history-leaders

  • Stonewall Riots took place in New York on June 27th & 28th of 1969. A bar had been raided and attendees (most identified as LGBTQ) were being violently arrested in public. Previous to this event, police raids were common in LGBTQ spaces. On this particular day, bar attendees were fed up and started protesting and rebelling against the police. The following year, June 1970, the very first PRIDE parade was held in Manhattan in honor of the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots were believed to be the beginning of the LGBTQ movement to equality.
  • In June 2014, Former President Barack Obama recognized Stonewall Inn as a National Historic Landmark—the first in LGBTQ history.

DV/SA in the LGBTQ Community

We recognize that DV/SA can happen to anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

How to get involved

Participate in your local PRIDE parade/festival. Find your closest PRIDE parade here.

 

Celebrate with us!

In honor of PRIDE month, we will be posting weekly visibility posts throughout the month of June. Like us on Facebook  or follow us on Instagram @CPAForg to see our posts.

 


Building Relationships

Some of the students we work with at San Gabriel High School joined Peace Over Violence’s students for a night of fun and karaoke! We believe that a part of ending violence in our communities is bridging the gap and building relationships!


Become a Digital Advocate with CPAF!

Advocates are at the very core of CPAF, serving the mission and goals of the organization and working in the community to prevent violence. CPAF’s Family Advocates at our shelters work with clients and their families to find safe housing, secure income, and process the trauma they have experienced. Our Intervention Program Advocates at the Community Center answer hotline calls, work with non-residential clients, and facilitate healing and support groups for survivors. Volunteers serve as advocates by getting involved with many aspects of CPAF’s work and provide critical support to our shelter, community center, and community-based programs.

 

Introducing our newest way to be a CPAF Advocate…

 

Help CPAF expand its reach, promote messages that support survivors, and advocate for accountability, justice, healing, restoration, and an end to the cycles of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CPAForg/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/CPAForg/

 

If you’re looking for a way to support CPAF and the movement to end cycles of violence, becoming a Digital Advocate is a great first step! Contact volunteer@cpaf.info for more information about how to become a Digital or Volunteer Advocate.


Our 40th: Raising Awareness to End Sexual Violence

April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and we invite you to join us in our year-round effort to raise awareness about sexual violence and the fact that it affects so many in the communities we serve. As we celebrate CPAF’s 40th anniversary this year, we look forward to working in partnership with you, our supporters, and many communities in this ongoing effort to prevent and end all forms of violence.

In April, we organized and participated in 10 activities and involved more than 250 people in support of ending violence, bringing us to a total of more than 600 community members engaged since January. In honor of SAAM, here are a few highlights of our community activities from this past month:

#RIPSexual Violence Awareness Campaign – Throughout April, we engaged our community via social media. We asked community members to Recognize the signs of sexual violence, to Intervene and support our survivors, and learn ways to Prevent the violence before it starts.

#RIPSexualViolence

Comcast NBC Universal “Comcast Cares Day” – The Asian Pacific Americans @ NBC Universal employee resource group convened 27 volunteers to our CPAF Community Center to assemble children’s welcome kits and mother’s day gift baskets for the families we serve; build two large storage cabinets and a bookcase; clean and organize our Community Center kitchen, counseling room toys, IT room, and more!

Asian Pacific Americans @ NBC Universal

Healthy Relationships Workshop with UPLIFT – CPAF staff conducted a Healthy Relationships workshop with UPLIFT Los Angeles, an undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigration legislative issues. As many undocumented youth may struggle with many barriers in wanting to report abuse in their personal relationships, CPAF staff led an open discussion about issues regarding domestic and sexual violence, and services provided by CPAF that can help.

Earth Day Hike with Shelter Clients – CPAF team members led two different hikes with some residents of our transitional and emergency shelters. The families enjoyed a day of hiking and connecting with nature, as we celebrated Earth Day, and all that Mother Earth has to give to us.

Denim Day, April 25, 2018 – In honor of Denim Day, various CPAF team members spoke at different locations to discuss sexual violence in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the importance of voicing consent in all our relationships. We spoke at several schools, including San Gabriel High School, Occidental College, and University of Southern California. We also joined San Gabriel Valley Medical Center to be interviewed on in-language media and provide more information on how we work with the hospital to help those affected by sexual violence.

Denim Day collage by CPAF Youth

Arbor Day at CPAF – In celebration of Arbor Day, some of our CPAF staff and clients planted a baby Meyer lemon tree, and had a butterfly and ladybug release afterwards. A lemonade reception followed, where CPAF staff led a tasting of several different homemade lemonade recipes.

Arbor Day at CPAF

CPAF’s Shelter Director, Patima Komolamit, was named a “SHEro” by the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) – read more in our blog post here.

CPAF's Shelter Director named a SHEro by SCESA

Please visit our 40th Anniversary page to learn about upcoming events, as we continue to engage with you – our community – to end domestic and sexual violence.

Thank you for your support of the families we serve. We thank you for caring and demonstrating your support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


CPAF’s Shelter Program Director Recognized as SCESA SHERO

SCESA SHEro

We are pleased to announce the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) has named CPAF’s Shelter Program Director, Patima Komolamit, as one of their 15 “SHEroes” in honor of their 15th anniversary this year. Over the past 15 years, SCESA has been a leading voice for Women of Color in the anti-sexual violence movement, centering the voices of Communities of Color and especially Women of Color.

Thank you for recognizing Patima’s leadership and tireless efforts in advocating for communities of color, especially in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Read Patima’s full interview here.

We salute you, SCESA, and congratulate you on 15 years of advocating and lifting up the voices and experiences of Women of Color. We stand together with you in partnership with many to build healthy communities free of violence.


Bank of Hope Contributes $20,000 Grant to CPAF

 

CPAF received a $20,000 general operating grant contribution from Bank of Hope to support CPAF’s emergency and transitional housing programs, which shelter and provide counseling and case management services to low- and moderate-income survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in 30 Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects.

 

We are thankful for Bank of Hope’s support which helps CPAF meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve. We appreciate partnering with Bank of Hope to build healthy and safe communities and nurture change together.

 


Creating a Community of Support

How to Support Survivors


CPAF’s 40th Anniversary is Off to a Great Start!

Thank you for joining us as we kick off CPAF’s 40th Anniversary in 2018 – we’re celebrating 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-grounded crisis intervention and violence prevention. From January through March, we’ve conducted 14 activities and involved more than 300 people in support of ending violence.

Here are a few highlights from our community activities from January through March:

JANUARY

  • Advisory Board Reunion – Members of CPAF’s Advisory Board gathered at CPAF’s Community Center in Koreatown to discuss activities supporting the families we serve.

FEBRUARY

  • “Good Touch/Bad Touch:  Boss of Your Own Body” Workshop – our staff presented a workshop to approximately 35 four and five-year olds, parents and teachers at Bread of Life Christian Children’s Center in the South Bay. The presentation catered to children and helped them identify what parts of their body were considered private and what is “good vs. bad touch”.
  • Consent Week Programs at Marymount California University – our staff conducted two 1-hour workshops (one each in Mandarin and English) to discuss teen dating violence (types of power & control), healthy relationships, and how to support a friend who discloses abuse.
  • Former Staff & Intern Reunion – We reunited with more than 40 people – many former CPAF staff/interns – at Gardena Valley Baptist Church this past February.  What a privilege to meet folks who have been part of CPAF’s journey, those on whose shoulders we stand!  We acknowledged and appreciated their contributions over the years and invited them to bring CPAF with them into the next 40 years.
  •  “Friendraiser” – one of our board members hosted a gathering in downtown Los Angeles and invited CPAF to speak about the work we do to engage people in helping end domestic and sexual violence in our communities.
  • According to the Urban Institute, 52% of teens who experience digital abuse are also physically abused. Because February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we wore orange to support our Prevention program youth and raise awareness of this issue.

MARCH

  • Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day Online Awareness Campaign – Our intent was to inspire and raise awareness about powerful, impactful women, which can also serve as a healing activity.
    • We posted a tribute to CPAF’s Founder, Nilda Rimonte. Under Nilda’s leadership, CPAF developed the first multi-lingual 24-hour hotline and the first multi-lingual, multi-cultural domestic violence emergency shelter specialized in serving API survivors in the nation.
    • Some of our clients created collages (see photos in slideshow) and found this activity to be empowering. In the collages, a handful of clients chose to honor themselves or recognized their own beauty despite what other messages they have heard.
  • “Butterfly in the Sky” – Our friends at Genever in LA’s Historic Filipinotownone of the few women-owned and run bars in the nation – donated a portion of proceeds to CPAF from their “Butterfly in the Sky” cocktail in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Join us and let’s nurture change together. Visit our 40th Anniversary page to learn about upcoming activities and ways to participate.

Thank you for your support – you are demonstrating that the community cares about survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Knowing that others in the community support their healing serves as a symbol of hope for the families we serve.

 


Launching #RIPSexualViolence Campaign: Recognize

This year has been an important one for raising awareness about sexual assault. From the #MeToo movement to the #TimesUp campaign, sexual assault awareness has been a topic of conversation around kitchen tables, work places, classrooms and online for the past few months. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) so we want to keep these conversations surrounding sexual assault going into April and for months to come.

 

Recognize: learn to spot the signs.

Learning to recognize the signs is the first step in ending sexual violence. You can visit https://www.nsvrc.org/saam to learn more about sexual violence and different awareness month activities. You can also invite a CPAF representative to speak about building healthy communities and ending violence at your local events.

 

How to get involved during SAAM

In recognition of SAAM, join @CPAForg as call for sexual violence to be laid to rest. For good.

Use #RIPSexualViolence and stay tuned for more posts on our Facebook and Instagram about how to Recognize the signs, Intervene and support survivors, and Prevent violence before it starts.

We are giving away free SAAM awareness kits to those who are interested in participating in our #RIPSexualViolence campaign. To receive an awareness kit and a free #RIPSexualViolence sticker, please:

  1. Like our #RIPSexualViolence post  (Facebook or Instagram)
  2. Follow us @CPAForg (Facebook or Instagram)
  3. DM us your mailing address (your information will kept confidential and deleted after use)

Upon liking our post and following our page, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a CPAF swag bag. The winner will be announced at the beginning of May.

 

Facebook Profile Frames

We are also launching 3 Facebook profile frames for the #RIPSexualViolence campaigns.

 

 

Starting today, you can change your profile picture to one of these three frames! Visit www.facebook.com/CPAForg/ to update yours today.