About Monsoon

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa serves victims / survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa. Monsoon’s mission is to end all forms of gender-based violence and build healthy communities through transformative justice and social change. The organization serves all 99 counties in the state. Monsoon’s programs include direct services, community outreach and education, violence prevention and technical assistance. Monsoon has two offices: in Des Moines and in Iowa City. The organization’s staff is composed of the executive director, the assistant director, five advocates, four interns and several on-call advocates. All staff members are multilingual and together speak 14 languages. Monsoon’s services are free and confidential.
Monsoon is also the fiscal agent for NAPIESV (National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence), which was formed in 2011 and funded by the OVW under the Technical Assistance Program.

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Monsoon’s 2017 Reflections and 2018 Plans!

  Monsoon staff and board wish you all a wonderful, productive, safe and social-justice-inspired 2018. We thank you for supporting our work in 2017! Check out our 2017 Reflections and[…] Read more

December 28, 2017 0

Karen Day

By: Olivia Samples Earlier this month, our advocates Soe Moe and Delphi traveled to be a part of Karen day. Karen day was organized by the Karen community at the[…] Read more

November 20, 2017 0

A new resource available: Organizations in Asia and the Pacific serving Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Monsoon’s Campus compiled a list of organizations located in Asia and the Pacific serving survivors/victims of gender-based violence. This project is rooted in the needs of international students who are[…] Read more

November 20, 2017 0

The Great Lata D’Mello

By: Olivia Samples Lata has been working at Monsoon almost since it began in 2003. She first worked as a volunteer and then was hired as a multilingual advocate in[…] Read more

November 10, 2017 0


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