The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) helped launch a pilot training series to help strengthen cultural responsiveness practices across California. As an organization that has been dedicated to helping Asian and Pacific Islander survivors facing cultural and linguistic barriers, it was a fitting task for CPAF to partner with other agencies in a joint mission to eliminate all forms of violence.
Six organizations met in January 2017 to collaborate on an unprecedented model of learning. Since then, the group has been traveling across the state to bring together service providers in an effort to increase access to victim services. This project, known as the MYLAR (Multi-Year Language Access Resources) Collaborative, is being led by My Sister’s House and Everyday Impact Consulting. Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV), Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), Korean American Family Services (KFAM) and Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) round out the group.
The training location alternates each month from NorCal to SoCal to cities in between. Adopting a diversity framework, enhancing leadership/budget strategies, and increasing language access at each workplace are examples of what participants learn in reference to serving victims of crime more effectively throughout the state.
The training is free and open to any organization or government/social service agency that is willing to reflect on its current practices and be open to making necessary improvements to better serve its population. Post-training technical assistance can also be provided.
Here is the current list for upcoming dates and regions:
8/24/2017 (Thursday) – Alameda / Contra Costa
8/25/2017 (Friday) – San Jose
9/14/2017 (Thursday) – Bakersfield
9/15/2017 (Friday) – Fresno
11/2/2017 (Thursday) – Ontario / Riverside
12/8/2017 (Friday) – San Diego
1/25/2018 (Thursday) – Chico
1/26/2018 (Friday) – Sacramento
To RSVP, please email Sherrie Calibo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is made possible by the California Office of Emergency Services and the Office for Victims of Crime.
This blog was written by Christine Lee, CPAF’s Community Engagement Manager