International Women’s Day: Uplifting Young Women

International Women’s Day is about supporting the women and girls around you. It’s also about recognizing the strength in you as a women. During our workshop at Ynez Elementary School, our Prevention Coordinator asked the all girl group to reflect on their identity and their strengths. It is important that we foster leadership in young women the same way we do for young men. Here are some pictures of some young 6th and 7th grade girls celebrating themselves.


International Women’s Day

As International Women’s Day (IWD) approaches, we remember and celebrate how far the Women’s Movement has come! Here are some quick facts you might not have known about IWD.

  • 1908 –15,000 women marched through New York City advocating for voting rights, equal pay and less working hours.
  • 1909 — National Woman’s Day was observed for the first time in the U.S.
  • 1910 — A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries gathered to form IWD.
  • 1975 – IWD was officially recognized by the United Nations, but had been celebrated since 1913
  • 2011 — former U.S. President Barack Obama recognized March to be ‘Women’s History Month’

For more information about the history and importance of International Women’s Day visit


Honoring Women:

To see how women are being honored for IWD around the world, please visit


Action step: #PressforProgress


Each year people around the world recognize IWD in various ways. If you’re not sure how you can participate, the official International Women’s Day Website provides an annual campaign theme. This year’s campaign theme is #PressforProgress

Use the hashtag in your social media posts and pledge to take action for gender parity in 2018 by visiting

Keep a look out for CPAF’s upcoming posts honoring inspiring women on our Facebook and Instagram!

CPAF Receives $75,000 Grant from S. Mark Taper Foundation

Funding to Support Programs for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

We are thrilled to announce that the S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) a $75,000 grant to sustain and enhance its programs for underserved Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

With the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s support, CPAF will be able to meet the critical needs of the individuals and families we serve during a time of significant organizational growth. CPAF recently integrated with sister DV-organization, Asian Pacific Women’s Center, moved to its new community center location, and is expanding program services.

For 40 years, CPAF has served low-income APIs and offered services in more than 30 languages and dialects to meet the needs of Southern California’s diverse API communities. The Foundation’s essential general operating support will enable CPAF to expand its direct services and capacity to better serve API immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. CPAF’s programs are free of charge and include a 24-hour crisis hotline and intervention services, emergency and transitional shelters, community outreach and engagement, and prevention.

Seventy-five percent of survivors at CPAF’s shelters speak little or no English and have been economically isolated by their abusers, who restricted access to employment, resources and means for economic independence. Almost all (90%) shelter residents are below the federal poverty line, with the majority entering with no income. CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and their families.

“We’re so appreciative of the S. Mark Taper Foundation’s generous gift, which comes at a particularly exciting time for CPAF,” said CPAF Executive Director, Debra Suh. “As our organization enters its fortieth year of serving the Asian and Pacific Islander community, we’re planning for the next forty years and continuing to engage the community to help end domestic and sexual violence.”

Suh added, “Now, more than ever, we must help immigrants who may fear fleeing their abusers due to their immigration status. Everyone deserves a life free from violence, and CPAF is here to support survivors as they transition from crisis to safety and healing.”

Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives. CPAF looks forward to partnering with the Foundation to build healthy and safe communities and nurture change together.

Did you know? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

Carmen Martinez, a Puerto Rican community activist, reminds us that youth are valuable partners in our movement to build violence-free communities. You are invited to join CPAF’s engagement of young people in efforts to eradicate all forms of violence. CPAF’s programs support youth who serve as ambassadors for respect, mutuality, and healthy relationships in their own communities.

Two ways you can have a direct impact on young people by volunteering with CPAF:

  1. Join us for the API Youth Forum in July!

This exciting, one-day event brings together youth from L.A. and Orange Counties to discuss what it means to be a movement for change and how to work toward an end to violence in their communities. Volunteers are needed to sign up to help with day-of logistics, or event planning and material prep before the event.

  1. Contribute to our shelter-based Youth Program!

At our shelters, youth are invited to participate in a weekly youth group and occasional special activities. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate youth group meetings and plan/chaperone special activities. You can also sign up to serve as a mentor to be matched with an individual youth currently living in one of our shelters.

SAVE THE DATE! CPAF 40th Anniversary Gala – Friday, September 21, 2018

We are delighted to announce CPAF’s 40th Anniversary Gala will take place on:

Friday, September 21, 2018

6 PM

LA River Center & Gardens

570 W. Ave. 26, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Learn more at our gala page here.

Join CPAF at our signature benefit gala, as we celebrate 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-responsive crisis intervention and violence prevention. More than 400 community friends and partners gather to enjoy a food tasting, complimentary drinks & desserts provided by some of LA’s finest restaurants, and peruse artwork and “Hands of Hope” jewelry sales benefitting CPAF.

Culinary & Beverage Partners | Past Participants Include

Ayara Lūk | Barbara Jean | Chaya Downtown | Chicas Tacos | Commerson | Emporium Thai Cuisine | Gloria’s Restaurant & Bar | House of An | Little Sister LA | Osteria Vicario | Phorage | Red O | TikiFish

Peking Tavern | Ketel One | Lotte Beverage America | Mira Laguna Wines

Café Dulce | B Sweet Dessert Bar | and more!

Enjoy this Flashback Friday memory from CPAF’s 39th anniversary gala in 2017, featuring our band, “The Inspiration”, performing a medley starting with “September”. Check out the video below.



The Inspiration - Video

We invite you to join us in creating an Asian and Pacific Islander community that embraces healthy relationships and works in partnership with other communities to eradicate all forms of violence.

Celebrate our 40-year journey, honoring those who have stood alongside survivors of domestic and sexual violence and who work tirelessly to end violence.

Let’s nurture change together.

Learn more at our gala page here. Please click here to view our Sponsorship Packet.

To become a sponsor, please contact:
Michelle Esperanza, Development & External Relations Director | 323.653.4045 x334

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, “3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence” (NRCDV, 2017). Due to this, it is important to talk to youth about teen dating violence. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) and CPAF invites you to join us in bringing awareness to teen dating violence.


Break the Cycle, an organization dedicated to ending teen dating violence, listed out 28 different ways you can participate in raising awareness for TDVAM.


If you or someone you know is going through teen dating violence, here are 3 resources available:

  1. Call CPAF’s 24-hour Hotline1.800.339.3940 – we offer over 30 Asian Pacific Islander (API) languages available for those who speak limited English
  2. Text “loveis” to 22522 or visit to chat online



3. Download the “Love is Not Abuse” App on your iPhone: This educational app has resources and tips on warning signs for digital dating abuse and teen dating violence.



All resources listed are safe and confidential. Caller may remain anonymous. 

Sites cited:

Our Hearts Are Filled with Gratitude…

We are filled with gratitude for you, our supporters who have volunteered their time and donated holiday gifts to share with the families we serve at CPAF. We give many thanks to our holiday event volunteers and sponsors:


The holidays can be a difficult time for the families staying in our shelters: they have experienced trauma; their lives are changing; they are adjusting to a new environment and a new community.


By providing gifts, 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.


This year, gifts have been contributed by so many of you who are showing support and encouragement for these resilient survivors, including:



This multitude of gifts – more than 300 gifts in total – is being distributed this month to families served by CPAF. Thank you for your support!

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.