Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice

Monday, October 10, 2011 - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 10th and 11th 2011, NYU Kimmel Center

For the first time in Sakhi for South Asian Women's 20-plus years, we will be hosting a game-changing conference for social justice leaders.

More than "anti-violence", we are coming together to talk about what we are for: social justice in all of our communities.

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Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice will provide the opportunity to explore and mobilize around the intersections between domestic violence, immigration, economic justice, health and other related movements for social justice between current frameworks, and toward building a movement rooted in our community values.

The goal of this convening is to build a stronger movement to end violence against women in the US by forging connections between related movements for social justice and to inform those movements of the implications of their work on survivors of violence and the need to include those voices in their policy and service work to:


  • provide space and support for traditionally underrepresented communities and community-based organizations that are women-ledto share information, network and leverage their relative expertise into a stronger movement for social progress
  • increase the amount of work being done to prevent violence against women through promoting the human rights of women to healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and political and social participation
  • promote the role of women as leaders and decision-makers in their communities in order to achieve lasting social change
  • promote resilient, community-grown models of addressing violence against women across a dynamic spectrum of communities
  • draw attention to the experiences, violations and structural barriers faced by women on the margins, to make visible
    the continuum of violence and to promote accountability in responding to intersectional discrimination


"We are excited to create a space for partners and allied organizations across social movements to come together to explore the intersectionalities between the DV movement and related movements for social justice and how we can work together to promote the human rights of women."

Tiloma Jayasinghe, Executive Director


Our growing list of amazing speakers include:

  • Alisa Del Tufo is the Founder and Director of Threshold Collaborative
  • Karen Morgaine is a Professor of Sociology at California State University.
  • Sujatha Jesudason is the Executive Director and founder of Generations Ahead.
  • Loretta J. Ross is the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
  • Lynn M. Paltrow is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women ("NAPW").
  • Valli Kalei Kanuha is actively involved in the women's anti-violence movement as a therapist, advocate, consultant, researcher and trainer.
  • Beckie Masaki is the Associate Director of the API Institute on Domestic Violence of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.
  • Zeinab Eyega is the Founder and Executive Director of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women
  • Grace Yoon is the Executive Director of the Korean American Family Service Center
  • Mimi Kim is the Founder and Executive Director of Creative Interventions
  • Kathy Sanchez is the Environmental Health and Justice Program Manager & Gathering for Mother Earth of Tewa Women United
  • Corrine Sanchez is the Executive Director of Tewa Women United

The event is organized by Sakhi for South Asian Women, hosted by the Women of Color Policy Network of NYU Wagner, and co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Korean American Family Service Center.

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