November is time to Pay It Forward!

November is a month celebrating many things, including Thanksgiving, peanut butter, sleep comfort, and world peace. However, we here at CPAF have decided to focus on paying it forward, showing acts of kindness and appreciation to those around us and in our community. So, for the next few weeks we encourage you to join us by doing the following:

  1. Go out and vote today! Your contribution is so important to everyone in the community.
  2. November 13th is World Kindness Day – show a little love and appreciation by doing something kind for those around you, like writing a Love Letter to a Survivor!
  3. International Men’s Day is November 19th. Let’s raise awareness of men’s well-being and the positive male role-models in our lives.
  4. Lastly, to close out the month why not give yourself some love by doing some self-care and writing a letter to your future self. Open the letter one year from the day you wrote it to see how far you’ve come!


Stand up, speak up with immigrants!

In September, the Trump Administration proposed changes to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation expanding the definition of “public charge” and putting immigrant families, including children, at risk if they use public benefits programs.

On October 10th, the Federal Government officially published the proposed changes, starting the formal 60-day comment period for the public to provide feedback before they can be finalized.

CPAF shares the concerns of families, communities, and organizations around the country about the DHS’s proposed changes to the “public charge” regulations. These changes exacerbate existing barriers and create new ones, preventing immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence from accessing essential services and safety nets.

Below is some basic information taken from resources put out by Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence, Protect Immigrant Families (PIF), the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

The proposed changes would impact Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), Visa Seekers, and Green Card Holders. The possible changes will affect people who are applying to be Lawful Permanent Residents and applying for a visa into the country or adjusting their visa status, or who are LPRs but have been out of the country for more than 6 months and are seeking to come back to the U.S. This excludes T-visa and U-visa applicants/holders.

Under the proposed rule, benefits counted against immigrants include:

  • SNAP, known in California as CalFresh
  • SSI
  • TANF, known in California as CalWorks
  • State/local cash benefit programs for income maintenance
  • Other federal benefits programs for the purpose of income maintenance
  • Medicaid (known in California as MediCal), but not emergency Medicaid, or Medicaid benefits received by foreign-born children who will derive citizenship from their U.S. citizen parents.
  • Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy
  • Benefits provided for long-term care
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
  • Public Housing
  • Any federal, state, county or city benefit program that is not specifically exempted

For more details and for information provided in API languages please check out:






What can you do?

Federal law requires DHS to open a way for the public to review the changes and submit comments. DHS has to review and respond to the comments before it publishes a fi­nal rule. Join CPAF in letting DHS know that the rule would be harmful to you, your family, and your community.

Share this information with your network, your neighbors, and your family so that they are informed about how the proposed changes might affect them and how they can speak out against the changes. Now is the time to make your voice heard! If you do not want to include any personal information, you can ask a friend to submit a comment for you.

There are several ways to submit a comment to DHS:



Maya and Layla’s Ghost Buddy Store


This October, CPAF supporters, Maya and Layla, are continuing their tradition of hosting a Halloween Store selling homemade handicrafts to benefit CPAF, a project that Maya started back in 2015. Maya sent in the letter (above) with the first donation she fundraised in 2016. They inspire us with their passion and creativity, so we decided to sit down with Maya to talk about the project. 


CPAF: Why did you choose to support CPAF?
MAYA: When I was in second grade I came home and decided I wanted to open up a shop. My dad asked me what I wanted to do with the money, and I decided I wanted to donate it to a charity, and CPAF seemed like the best option.
CPAF: How did you come up with the idea to make ghosts and tombstones and bats and how did you learn to make them?
MAYA: About a year earlier we sewed a Halloween sock kitten for my sister, so we decided to do a Halloween sale on stuffed ghosts. The second year we decided to do stuffed bats and wooden tombstones. The special thing about our bats and ghosts is that no two are the same! (And they come with a jolly rancher!) We didn’t take any classes on sewing, and we pretty much learned ourselves.
CPAF: What was the best part of running the Halloween Shop?
MAYA: My favorite part is selling them and assembling the shop, although creating them is fun, too. My favorite part of creating them is making the expressions.
CPAF: Do you have any words of encouragement for other young people who want to get involved?
MAYA: If you want to help CPAF, you can start a shop like we did, or raise money in your own way. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun and worth it!
CPAF: One of CPAF’s goals is to build violence-free communities, what does it mean for a community to be free of violence?
MAYA: When a community is free of violence, it means that people are safer and happier. Younger people will have better examples, and won’t be afraid of their parents.


Thanks, Maya and Layla, for using your creative talents to benefit CPAF and to make a change in your community! CPAF is fortunate to have volunteers and supporters who find so many different ways to use their time and talents to serve clients, reach out to their communities, and raise financial support. If you’re inspired to plan your own fundraising activity, please let us know so we can share your event.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!  This is a moment in history in which it is especially crucial to stand in solidarity with survivors of violence.  Join CPAF in raising awareness and supporting survivors all month long.

You can add your voice to ours through our “DV Matters Because” campaign:

  1. Print the template, available in 15 languages below
  2. Write a brief message about why domestic violence is an issue that matters
  3. Take a picture of the message, or of you holding the message
  4. Post the picture to Facebook and/or Instagram
  5. Tag @cpaforg and use #dvmattersbecause



DV Matters Because” templates:


It HAS to matter…

We #BelieveSurvivors


Everyone who heard Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said she was credible. But the Senate Judiciary Committee went on, business as usual, to send Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to the full Senate.

We know from working with sexual assault survivors over the last 40 years, they are often afraid to tell their stories, thinking: they will not be believed, they will be blamed and shamed, and their perpetrators will not be held accountable. When the Senate Judiciary Committee decided they would not hear the other women who have come forward to tell their stories of being sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, they are silencing survivors once again. When the committee voted to push the process forward before the FBI reports come out, they are telling Dr. Ford and other survivors that their stories do not matter.

This week, CPAF experienced a surge in hotline calls from survivors of sexual assault who felt violated again by this political process that told them their voices will not be heard. Supporting survivors of sexual assault should be championed by all, regardless of your political leanings or your gender identity.

Please join CPAF in standing with survivors.

You can learn how you can be involved at

You can also send words of support and solidarity directly to a survivor by emailing to with the subject line “Love Letter to a Survivor.” Your letters will be part of our Love Letters to a Survivor Project in which we may pass them along to an incoming family or, with your permission, posted on our social media.

And on November 6th, please join CPAF and vote for those who support survivors of sexual assault!

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:

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

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 – or visit

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 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 |

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


TO DONATE ONLINE | Direct link here:

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.

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