40th Anniversary Gala Updates: Announcing Emcee, Culinary Partners

We are pleased to announce ABC7’s David Ono will serve as emcee for our gala this Friday. David Ono is the anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm, the top rated newscasts in all of Los Angeles. He also anchors Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.

We are also excited to announce event updates:

Latest event info, parking details, and more on our gala page here: www.NurturingChange.org/gala.

Barbara Jean LA returns as Culinary Partner, and several new Culinary Partners join us this year:

Cento Pasta Bar

Chimney Coffee House

Chinese Laundry

Daw Yee Myanmar Corner

Mama Musubi


Pearl River Delta

Sticky Rice

Beverage Partners:  Ketel One, Mira Laguna Vineyard, Three Weavers

Dessert Partners:  B Sweet Bakery, Cafe Dulce

Visit our Culinary Partner page here.




CPAF’s API Youth Forum 2018



On July 27, 2018, CPAF brought together youth from Long Beach, Orange County, and San Gabriel Valley for our annual API Youth Forum. Our event provides a safe and engaging space for youth to learn about building healthy relationships in their personal lives and in their communities. This year, our forum featured workshops on empathy and bystander intervention led by youth leaders themselves. These workshops were designed to equip youth with the knowledge and skills to support their communities striving to be free of violence. The youth also enjoyed an incredible performance by Theatre of the Oppressed, the InterACT Troupe from Cal State University of Long Beach, who travels around the world educating crowds about the issue of sexual assault in an engaging, transparent, and powerful way. They certainly made a lasting impression on our youth (some of whom, we discovered, would make great actresses and actors themselves).

We want to thank our amazing community of partner organizations and volunteers for lending their support to make this such a great event. And a special shout-out to the youth leaders who put in hours of learning and practice in order to educate and empower their peers to join the movement to end violence. YOU ARE AN AGENT OF CHANGE IN THE WORLD. We are so proud of all your work and the work we do together!

We hope to continue our work in educating and mobilizing youth across our communities and we hope you’ll join us in the larger movement to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

CPAF Receives $40,000 Grant from the John Gogian Family Foundation

Last year, the John Gogian Family Foundation’s capacity-building grant supported CPAF’s all-staff retreat at Toyota USA Automobile Museum.


The John Gogian Family Foundation has provided Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) with a $40,000 general operating grant. This core operating grant will support CPAF’s mission to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women.

With the Foundation’s support, CPAF will enhance community outreach and engagement strategies to meet its goal of preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities.

As CPAF’s dating violence prevention programs for API youth have grown, CPAF has seen a correlating increase in reports of sexual violence in the high schools served. When survivors are provided with safe and trusted spaces, they are able to reach out for support and begin to heal. Funding from the John Gogian Family Foundation will sustain CPAF’s youth leadership programs and provide training to equip community partner organizations to be able to address disclosures from minors and gain knowledge about state laws on mandated reporting.

Additionally, the John Gogian Family Foundation contributed a $2,500 capacity-building grant for staff and Board development purposes. These funds can cover the cost of training beyond annual compliance and routine certification, such as retreats, conferences and workshops.

CPAF appreciates the opportunity to continue its partnership with the Foundation in the movement to end all forms of violence in Southern California and beyond.

CPAF Announces 40th Anniversary Gala

Center for the Pacific Asian Family Announces 40th Anniversary Gala,
Honoring Community Leader Debra Nakatomi with “Champion for Change” Award

The California Wellness Foundation serves as Championship Sponsor with Judy Belk, President and CEO, introducing honoree


PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles, August 8, 2018Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) announces the date of its 40th Anniversary gala event. On Friday, September 21, at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, 400 CPAF donors, volunteers, corporate and community leaders will gather in support of ending domestic and sexual violence. The evening features a food tasting sponsored by some of Los Angeles’ finest restaurants and a stage program with award presentation, followed by live musical entertainment from The Inspiration.

Proceeds raised during CPAF’s 40th Anniversary gala are directed to the year-round family services provided by the organization. CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women.

At the gala, CPAF will present the Champion for Change award to longtime community leader Debra Nakatomi, for her leadership and support in building healthy and safer communities. Debra is president of Nakatomi & Associates, a communications firm dedicated to advancing social change, promoting equity and designing initiatives for nonprofit, public and private organizations committed to social good. For more than 25 years, the firm has led campaigns to combat sexual violence and child abuse, promote health and wellness, environmental awareness and sustainable community development. As a lifelong advocate for women and girls, Debra’s clients include organizations committed to expanding philanthropy, promoting health equity and advancing wellness.

“We are thrilled to announce The California Wellness Foundation (CalWellness) is serving as Championship Sponsor of CPAF’s 40th Anniversary gala. We appreciate CalWellness’ commitment to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods,“ said Debra Suh, CPAF’s executive director.

“We thank our many supporters and friends for their partnership in working to eradicate all forms of violence. This support is vital and we invite everyone to join us in creating communities that embrace healthy relationships,” Suh added. A full list of sponsors is located on CPAF’s gala webpage at www.NurturingChange.org/gala.

In 2018, Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) celebrates 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-grounded crisis intervention and violence prevention. CPAF’s 40th Anniversary gala chair is Erwin Pineda; he is joined on the gala committee by Willy Ma, Brittany Morey, PhD; and Elaine Chan and Dan Fan, who serve as the gala’s Culinary Co-chairs.

For more information on gala sponsorship, contact: cpaf.devt – at – gmail.com or visit www.NurturingChange.org/gala.

About Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF):

Center for the Pacific Asian Family’s (CPAF’s) mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women. The agency specializes in serving low-income Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence and is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of API women and their families.

CPAF invites everyone to learn more at NurturingChange.org and to share our 24-hour multilingual crisis hotline number with anyone who may need it: 1-800-339-3940. Join us and let’s nurture change together.

Online | www.NurturingChange.org

Social Media | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram: @CPAForg

24-hour Multilingual Crisis Hotline | 1-800-339-3940


EVENT INFO | CPAF’s 40th Anniversary Gala

Champion for Change Honoree:  Debra Nakatomi, President, Nakatomi & Associates [Learn more about our honoree here.]

DATE/TIME | Friday, September 21, 2018, 6 PM


6-8 PM   Food Tasting with Culinary Partners
8-9 PM   Program & Award Presentation
9-10 PM Live Musical Entertainment: The Inspiration

LOCATION | LA River Center & Gardens, 570 W Ave 26 #100, Los Angeles, CA 90065

FOR MORE INFO | Visit NurturingChange.org/gala

TO DONATE ONLINE | Direct link here: https://cpaf.formstack.com/forms/40th

Bank of America Contributes $15,000 Grant to CPAF

On June 26, 2018, representatives from Bank of America presented CPAF’s Shelter Program Director, Patima Komolamit, with the grant check.

Bank of America has contributed $15,000 in operating support for CPAF’s services for homeless Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The grant will help the low-income, limited English speaking families residing in CPAF’s shelters to increase their economic resources in the upcoming year.

This operating support will sustain and enhance CPAF’s trauma-informed services, which respond to the needs of survivors who have difficulty obtaining jobs due to limited English proficiency, lack of a work history in the United States, and lack of community connections due to years of isolation and abuse. CPAF also offers workshops focused on financial literacy, budgeting and finding jobs, provided in API languages such as Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese. These resources help survivors exit from the shelter and transition into permanent housing, establishing a safe home for themselves and their children.

CPAF is thankful for Bank of America’s continued support which helps to meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve.

Cathay Bank Supports CPAF in Providing Economic Empowerment Services to Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

CPAF celebrates Cathay Bank’s grant with Jinny Moon. Pictured left to right: Angela Eir, Debra Suh, Jinny Moon, Donna Tang

Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) received a $20,000 general operating grant from Cathay Bank to enhance CPAF’s economic empowerment services for low-income, homeless survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Nearly all (90%) of the survivors at CPAF’s shelters are low- to moderate- income and have experienced economic abuse and isolation. CPAF’s economic empowerment activities are offered to all shelter clients and include: coaching on budgeting and financial planning, increasing resources through employment and public benefits, and assistance with locating permanent housing so survivors can establish safe homes for themselves and their children.

Cathay Bank employee Jinny Moon (pictured) advocates for CPAF and volunteers as a South Bay Advisory Council member, developing resources and partnerships to empower survivors that reside in CPAF’s shelters.

CPAF is thankful for Cathay Bank’s partnership to meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve. We look forward to partnering further with Cathay Bank in creating an Asian and Pacific Islander community that embraces healthy relationships and works to eradicate all forms of violence.

CPAF’s 40th Anniversary Gala – July 13 Sponsorship Deadline Coming Up

We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year with a gala on Friday, September 21. Our gala is an outdoor event at the end of summer, and our guests enjoy a special food tasting, program and live musical entertainment. Many thanks to our generous sponsors who support CPAF’s work and the families we serve.

Check out our gala webpage herefor an updated full list of sponsors and to learn more about the event.

The deadline to be listed as a sponsor in our invitation is coming up Friday, July 13. Please contact us if you would like to become a sponsor:

Michelle Esperanza, CPAF Development & External Relations Director

development@cpaf.info | 323.653.4045, ext. 334

CPAF 40th Anniversary: June Activity Highlights

CPAF joined with other organizations to celebrate PRIDE Month. Since this was CPAF’s first time celebrating PRIDE Month, it is important to bring awareness internally (inside the organization) and externally (in the community). Read on for highlights of our June activities.

Expanding the Circle: Opening our safe space to include API LGBTQ survivors –  CPAF staff had the great honor of having Mia Yamamoto (distinguished criminal defense attorney in Southern California) and Marsha Aizumi (President at API SGV PFLAG) at our May All-Staff meeting. CPAF conducted an All-Staff Training that focused on how CPAF could be a safe space for API LGBTQ survivors. Mia and Marsha shared their stories and experiences in working with the API LGBTQ community.

API-Equality – CPAF attended API-Equality’s “Community Activist Training” as a guest speaker and spoke about healthy relationships and mental health and wellness in the API community.

The Open Door – CPAF followed up the previous Consent Workshop (conducted in April) with a Healthy Relationships workshop at Evergreen Baptist Church Los Angeles. The Open Door is a safe space for LGBTQIA Christians to gather and talk about their journeys in faith and sexuality.

Donna Tang, Amy Chao, and Ellen Hong, facilitating The Consent Workshop in April


Visibility Posts – CPAF has taken the initiative to publish weekly posts to bring visibility to the different identities among the LGBT community.

Week 1: Lesbian Community 

Week 2: Gay Community 


Week 3: Bisexual Community 

Week 4: Transgender Community 

Week 5: Allyship 



Close to Home project

CPAF successfully completed the four-year Close to Home project, a community mobilizing strategy equipping young leaders to understand healthy relationships and organize in their communities to promote positive change.  The project culminated with a Statewide Convening in Sacramento, where youth leaders from CPAF’s project joined with young leaders from other organizations implementing Close to Home across the state to share success stories around our different projects.  Thanks to California Department of Public Health for their generous support of this project and for coordinating a community of practice amongst the various implementing organizations!

On the journey to becoming an ally

Interested in how you can be a part of the movement to make communities safer for LGBTQIA+ people? Learn about being a straight ally!


Defined generally, an ally is “a person who is a member of the dominant or majority group who works to end oppression in their personal and professional life through support of, and as an advocate for, the oppressed population.” (Evans & Washington, Becoming an Ally)

Becoming an effective ally requires a great deal of self-reflection, humility, and exploration of one’s own privileged identities and biases. It may be uncomfortable and confrontational at times, but being an ally means you have an important role to play in the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals and the community at large.


An Ally strives to…

  • be a good friend and an open-minded listener
  • be informed with regard to terms related to gender, sex, and sexuality
  • believe that all persons regardless of their age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression should be treated with dignity and respect
  • confront their own prejudices
  • join others with a common purpose of developing a culture free of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism and learn how to respond to homophobia or transphobia in the community
  • recognize their shortcomings, but not use them as an excuse for inaction
  • recognize the legal powers and privileges that cisgender straight people have and which LGBTQIA+ people are denied
  • commit themselves to personal growth in spite of the discomfort it may sometimes cause

An ally is NOT someone with ready-made answers, or only someone with professional training to be a service provider, lawyer, or advocate.


As CPAF works to further its mission to build healthy and safe communities, we continue to learn more about the importance of allies in protecting LGBTQIA+ members of our communities who are vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual assault. As an agency, we are constantly learning and re-thinking how we can more effectively create safe spaces, provide sensitive services and resources, and be a better ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. We invite you to join us on this journey. To continue learning more about being an ally, read the PFLAG Guide to Being a Straight Ally.