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Letter from the Executive Director    

Dear friends of DVRP,                                       

I just completed my first three months as Executive Director of DVRP, a momentous journey thus far.  I've had the opportunity to facilitate trainings and workshops on domestic violence and sexual assault; speak to community members ranging from college students to uncles and aunties on ending gender-based violence; get to know the amazing staff and board members at DVRP; and learn more about the challenges faced by the survivors we support. I proudly marched in my first DC Pride with DVRP staff and interns, and am excited to see the projects we conceived of, such as our trauma based arts therapy, come to life!  

In the past month, we have seen many anti-immigrant bills and regulations pass.  In a ruling with significant implications on immigration policy, Jeff Sessions wrote that claims of domestic and gang violence will no longer qualify for asylum, or even be heard by a judge. This impacts immigrants and refugees, including A/PI women who are trying to enter the U.S to escape persecution due to domestic violence and sexual assault. It also speaks to how violence against women is viewed as a "private" matter that does not bear discussion in the public sphere: a myth that advocates and survivors have been striving to dismantle for decades.    

In the past few weeks, we have also heard about children who have been separated from their families at the border, a form of systemic violence against mainly communities of colour which impacts A/PI communities as well as many others.    
 
All of this shows us how gender-based violence intersects with homophobia, transphobia, racism and systemic violence.  If you want to take action, I invite you to get involved with DVRP through our advocates training on July 14th, where we will consider strategies to respond to gender based violence, discuss how our work intersects with other movements, and contemplate how we can collectively bring about change. You can register at bit.ly/dvrpadvocate  

I hope to connect with many of you in the weeks ahead as we continue our work to end gender-based violence through collective action. 

Best, 
Krittika                                             
                                            


2018 Events

DVRP has been alive and well and more active in the community than ever before. Our online presence was really appreciated by other community members during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we posted pictures, tweets, and supportive messages for survivors throughout April. #SAAM

We also organized our annual Art As A Voice which attracted over 65 attendees and brought together A/PI artists and performers most of whom identified as survivors. 

       

We also supported MLOV at their Candidate Forum which brought together diverse communities that attempted to get their voices heard and their needs known to candidates for Ward 1,3,5,6, At-Large, and Mayoral races before The Primary Elections, 2018.

As always we conducted trainings on cultural humility, DV 101: Working with A/PI survivors, and By-Stander Intervention with Doorways, MNADV, and American University respectively.

In the month of May, DVRP kicked off APAHM with #RaiseAAPIVoices and we got featured on MOAPIA's website.



This June you saw us representing LGBTQIA members, allies, and friends and the Annual DC Pride Parade.


 

Upcoming events include arts workshops and trainings. Stay tuned on our Instagram for updates.


Upcoming Events


DVRP values all the volunteers, interns, and advocates that have helped us every step of the way on this journey to end domestic violence and sexual assault in A/PI communities. In order to ensure that our team has best-practices, cultural humility and a deep understanding of our clients, staff, and survivors we invite you to our Advocates Training. A day long interactive opportunity for our allies and friends to be trained in doing the work we do. (Refreshments will be included and an interactive and engaging time is guaranteed!)


Help DVRP with Outreach!


DVRP needs your help reaching out to your communities!

We are hosting a series of Know Your Rights clinics centered on immigration relief, specifically for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In these workshops, we will review the following immigration relief options: T visa, U visa, VAWA relief, and battered spouse waiver. All clinics are free of charge and will provide refreshments. A lawyer will be present at each clinic, and DVRP staff will be available to connect interested applicants with pro bono legal services. Anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of current immigration status.

Please pass this information along! Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word and reaching the community!

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Community Event



Join DFP in celebrating Pride Month as we discuss issues of representation and action in the Desi LGBTQ community. The panel, moderated by Shabab Mizra, will feature Gautam Raghavan, Urooj Arshad, and Almas Haider as panelists.

THE MANY WAYS TO SUPPORT DVRP

Did you know you can donate to DVRP while you shop at Amazon? Bookmark our Amazon Smile page and use it every time you place an order! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases. It's easy!  




You can also support our work by shopping at major online retailers through the Giving Assistant website. A portion of your purchase will be donated to us! Get started here.  
 




You can always donate directly through our website! Every dollar goes a long way. Please give what you can so we can continue our much-needed work. Thank you for supporting us!


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