April 2014 Newsletter!

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What’s special about teal?

Make teal your favorite shade for the next 30 days and tell everyone about it — it is the color for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April. Then start a dialogue about prevention of sexual violence in your community. Sexual violence is a threat to public health, human rights and social justice.

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa and Nisaa African Women’s Project have planned some SAAM events:

What: Eat at Thai Flavors in Iowa City

Restaurant will donate 10 percent of the day’s earnings to Monsoon

When: April 7, during lunch hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner hours of 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: 340 East Burlington Street, Iowa City

Remember: Tell the restaurant that you support Monsoon!


What: Our Voice. Your Future.

Open mic aimed at raising awareness about the prevalence and prevention of sexual violence.

When: April 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Clinton Street Social Club, 18 ½ S. Clinton Street, Iowa City

Organizers: Monsoon and Iowa United Nations Association

Contact: Ridhi Madia at  or


What: Girl Power

Creating a social group for girls in middle and high schools.

When: April 13, 11 am to 1 p.m.

Where: Bayanihan Asian and African Resource Center, 4934 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines

Contact: Helen Dao at or call 515.288.0881


What: Let’s Talk About Sex

Poetry slam and spoken word performances on healthy sex and sexuality. Special performance by Run DSM/Movement 515.

When: April 18, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: 4th Street Theater, Java Joe’s, downtown Des Moines

Contact: Lena Sylalom at or call 515.288.0881


What: Talk Circle

Conversation among Asian and African women about their bodies and relationships in a safe and confidential space.

When: April 19, 11 am to 1 p.m.

Where: Bayanihan Asian and African Resource Center, 4934 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines

Contact: Mira Yusef at, Hibo Jama at or call 515.288.0881


What: Yoni Chats

Inspiring activities and a discussion about attitudes regarding sexuality among Asian Pacific Islanders.

When: April 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Women’s Resource & Action Center, 130 N. Madison Street, Iowa City

Contact: Hieu Pham at


Other SAAM events

What: Take Back the Night: Call to Restore Justice

Features performances by Drake University’s V.O.I.C.E.S Theater and the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps, and a two-mile walk to honor victims of violence.

When: April 5, 9 a.m. onwards

Where: John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Avenue, downtown Des Moines

Participation: Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherry Knox


What: Chalk Walk (sponsored by Hollaback! Des Moines)

When: April 5, noon

Where: John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Avenue, downtown Des Moines

Details: For more information, contact


What: Monthly Meet-Up of Hollaback! Des Moines

When: April 8, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Smokey Row Coffee, 1910 Cottage Grove, Des Moines

Details: For more information, contact All discussion group meetings are free and open to the public.


What: Hollaback! Des Moines presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’

Co-sponsored by the Women of Color Advisory Network (WOCAN) and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA)

When: April 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Elpis Christian Fellowship, 4440 College Avenue, Des Moines

Admission: Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase tickets online Proceeds benefit WOCAN.

Iowa news and events

Iota Iota Iota (Tri Iota), an academic honors society in the field of Women’s Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, is seeking submissions for its ’zine on such topics as gender-based violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying, body-shaming, virgin-shaming, slut-shaming, sexism, racism, classism, ageism, homophobia, objectification and fear. The submissions will be published online through Tumblr and the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center website; a printed ’zine will be distributed around the campus and in the community. The submissions can be anonymous and will be treated as confidential. Tri Iota also reserves the right to reject any material that it considers inappropriate or oppressive to its audience. For more information, contact Sam Shelton at


The Iowa Asian Alliance is hosting CelebrAsian! the 12th Annual Asian Heritage Festival on May 31. To be a part of CelebrAsian! Go to

to register for an activity or email for more information.


What: From Buddha to #Buddha: Japanese Buddhist Temples and their Use of Pop Culture and Performance Art

Presentation by Alexander Bruess, 2013-14 Yamanashi Research Scholarship recipient

When: April 12, 4-4:45 p.m.

Where: Franklin Library, 5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines

Details: For more information, contact or call 515.725.3163.

National news and events

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week starts April 6! Go, the website of National Center for Victims of Crime, to listen to a webinar on “Promoting Victims’ Rights through Social Media,” download this year’s Resource Guide materials, or for more information.


The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) is hosting an online exhibit seeking to capture the pieces of everyday life and put them together to “compose the ultimate wide shot.” APAC is urging amateur photographers and videographers as well as professional photojournalists and documentarians to take photos and videos on May 10, the 145th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony that marked the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. For more information, go to


PreventConnect is a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). The email group, Prevent-Connect, is a forum for people who are engaged in prevention of violence against women to ask questions, share successes and pool knowledge. Join this prevention community at


Nuala Cabral, founder of FAAN Mail, a media literacy and activist project formed by women of color, talks about Meet Us on the Street – International Anti-Street Harassment Week, which will continue through April 5. To learn more, go to

For more information on PreventConnect’s webinars, contact


Advocates are encouraged to apply to the next class of the Advocacy Learning Center (ALC), an 18-month experiential course coordinated by Praxis International and Manavi, in collaboration with a faculty team from across the nation, including the API Institute on Domestic Violence. The ALC started in 2009. Praxis is a nonprofit organization that works towards the elimination of violence in the lives of women and their children and Manavi is a service provider for South Asian victims of gender-based violence. The deadline for the ALC applications is May 5. For more information, go to or call 651.699.8000, ext 16.


Improving Witness Safety and Preventing Witness Intimidation in the Justice System: Benchmarks for Progress is a resource that includes tools for practitioners to use collaboratively within their communities to address the pervasive problem of witness intimidation in criminal justice systems and to implement best practices in providing for victim and witness safety. To read more, go to information and resources including an annotated bibliography and webinar recordings are also available at is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. For more information, go to


A new film honors the legacy of Cesar Chavez, the legendary labor activist and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association (later the powerful United Farm Workers union) with Dolores Huerta. To read more, go to


The Tahirih Justice Center is a nonprofit organization that works to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based violence through legal services, advocacy and public education programs. To sign up for the organizations’ newsletter, go to


Make Her A Virgin Again: When Medical Disputes about Minors are Cultural Clashes by Loretta Kopelman. Published in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Dr. Kopelman uses a bio-ethics lens to analyze the case of a mother’s request for hymenoplasty for her minor daughter who was facing a forced marriage overseas. To read more, go to

Webinars and conferences

What: Arranged/Forced Marriage in the Orthodox Jewish Community

When: April 7, noon-1:30 p.m. CT

Registration: To register, go to

Guest presenter is Fraidy Reiss, arranged/forced marriage survivor and founder of Unchained At Last, a New York-area nonprofit organization that supports women leaving arranged/forced marriages in the United States.


What: Supporting Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors: Key Considerations for Accessing Protection Orders and Other Supports

When: April 7, 1-2:30 p.m. CT

Registration: To register, go to

The webinar will review unique dynamics of abuse for people with disabilities and the barriers those survivors face when seeking help, and offer strategies for increasing capacity.


What: Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships, Part 3: Deepening Skill Development and Practice

When: April 8, 2-3:30 CT

Registration: To register, go to

This session continues to offer opportunities to engage in skill building and practice with the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse’s assessment tool. Using real-life examples, role-play observation and hands-on exercises, participants will deepen their understanding and build capacity to conduct assessments.


What: How the Saint Paul Safety Audit Led to the Blueprint for Safety

When: April 9, 2-3:15 p.m. CT

Registration: To register, go to

The Blueprint for Safety is a fully integrated approach to misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases that coordinates agency responses around shared goals of safety and justice, and closes the gaps that the agencies acknowledged were plaguing current responses.


What: Survivor-Centered Advocacy: Exploring Core Principles & Promising Practices

When: April 15, noon-2 p.m. CT

Registration: To learn more, go to

Participants will learn about the principles of survivor-centered advocacy; intention vs. impact of common advocacy practices and what we do to “keep survivors safe”; and promising practices.


What: Strategies to Prosecute Interstate Domestic Violence Crimes

When: April 15, 1-2 p.m. CT

Registration: To register, go to

Speakers will present an overview of the available federal domestic violence offenses/statutes and participants will learn how to work cooperatively with federal prosecutors to pursue charges. Hosted by the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit.


What: Military-Related Interpersonal Violence Survivors and Co-Occurring Conditions

When: April 17, 2-3:30 p.m. CT

Registration: To register, go to

The webinar will discuss military-related interpersonal violence and the effect it has on functioning in all areas of a survivor’s life, and address a trauma-informed approach to intervention. Hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP). For more information on BWJP, go to


What: 6-part webinar series on Cultivating Your Evaluation Capacity Hosted by the Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice. For more information, go to

Articulating Your Program’s Plan: Developing Your Logic Model (April 17, 1-2:30 CT) Partnering with Evaluators: Lessons from North Carolina (May 15, 1-2:30 CT) Nuts and Bolts: Budgeting and Institutional Review Boards (June 12, 1-2:30 CT) Measuring Success in Organizations that Address Domestic and Sexual Violence (July 17, 1-2:30 CT) Introduction to Performance Indicators (August 14, 1-2:30 CT)


What: Webinars on Child Sex Trafficking Hosted by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Governor’s Office for Children and Families. For more information, go to

Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking for Healthcare Professionals (April 17, noon-1:15 CT; and May 29, noon-1:15 CT) Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: A Global Perspective, and … Boys are Victims, Too (April 29, noon-1:30 CT) Special Topics on Child Sex Trafficking: Victims, Pornography and the Legal Response (May 19, 9-10:30 CT) The Demand Side: Traffickers, Buyers and Gangs (June 6, noon-1:30 CT) Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: The Medical Evaluation of Victims (June 12, 8-9:30 CT) Using a Victim-/Survivor-Centered Approach When Working with Trafficked Youth (June 30, noon-1:15 p.m. CT)


What: Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews: Process and Outcomes

When: April 21, 1-2:30 p.m. CT

Registration: To register, go to

Presenters will discuss research on Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR) team initiatives. DVFR teams are a means of identifying systemic gaps in the response to domestic violence and in clarifying opportunity points for prevention of femicide by legal and health systems, as well as community members and family/friends/co-workers.


What: Trauma-Informed Birth Support for Survivors of Abuse

When: April 21, 2-3:30 CT

Registration: To register, go to

Participate in this webinar session to learn more about the impact of experiencing domestic violence trauma, past or present, on pregnant women and their childbirth experience.


What: Working with LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence: Considerations for Advocates and Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners

When: April 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

Registration: To register, go to

This webinar will focus on building awareness of the context and experiences of LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence, and offer participants strategies for providing meaningful and culturally sensitive services, advocacy and forensic examinations.


What: New Six-Part Webinar Series on Girls’ Behavioral Health. SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has launched the Girls Matter! webinar series to discuss challenges, opportunities and strategies for supporting girls. Girls Matter! features a 90-minute webinar each month covering a related behavioral health topic. Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (April 22) Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (May 20) Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (June 10) The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (July 24) For more information, go to


What: How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love: SOEHD/CCF Annual Conference

When: April 25-26

Where: University of Miami, Florida

Registration: To register, go to


What: Immigration 101: Immigration Remedies in Removal Proceedings and Your Role as an Advocate

When: April 28, 1-2:30 CT

Registration: To register, go to

Participants will be introduced to basic concepts in immigration law, common immigration legal terms, an overview of government agencies involved in making immigration decisions, and basic know-your-rights information for immigrant survivors affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and stalking. Hosted by BWJP.


What: Community Assessment Institute

When: April 29-May 2

Where: St. Paul, Minnesota

Registration: To register, go to

This training teaches the practical methods, skills, and strategies to coordinate and implement an assessment of your community’s response to violence against women.


What: What Can We Learn From Turned-Around Cases

When: April 30, 2-3:30 CT

Registration: To register, go to

New information will be presented about the results of a case analysis of 27 custody cases involving the abuse of children, illustrating failures common in family court where signs of child abuse are ignored and theories that blame the mother, such as accusations of parental alienation, are relied upon. Hosted by BWJP.


What: Confronting Family and Community Violence A continuing education conference sponsored by the American Psychological Association and the American Bar Association

When: May 1-3

Where: Washington Marriott, Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.

Registration: To register, go to


What: Breaking the Silence: 2014 National Pacific Islander Violence Prevention Conference

When: June 11-13

Where: San Mateo, California

Registration: For more information, go to

The conference, organized by the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC), which provides community-based services focused on non-adversarial problem-solving in San Mateo County, California, will target the taboo topic of violence pervading the Pacific Islander community.


What: National Center for Victims of Crime: 2014 National Training Institute

When: September 17-19

Where: Miami, Florida

Registration: To register, go to

Highlights include responding to trauma; human trafficking; violence against women; technology and stalking; children and youth in the justice system; elder abuse; and financial fraud.


What: Call for Abstracts: 11th Annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Work Conference

When: September 18-19

Where: University of Toledo, Ohio

Submissions: Email submissions to no later than June 2, 2014. For more information, go to

Funding opportunities

The Mary Kay Foundation is accepting applications for its 2014 Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program. The foundation makes grants to organizations in the United States that assist survivors of domestic violence by operating emergency shelters. The grants are announced each October in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information, go to


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking research projects of laws that improve public health. Grants of up to $150,000 each will be awarded for studies that focus on the intersection of law and public health. Deadline: April 15, 2014. For more information, go to


Singing for Change is accepting Letters of Interest for social and environmental problems. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to progressive, nonprofit organizations that address the root causes of social or environmental problems. Deadline: Ongoing. For more information, go to


Fellowships are being offered for university-based doctoral candidates and faculty for research in child maltreatment. This program is designed to identify, develop and empower a new generation of scholars who will use their research to generate new knowledge in child maltreatment and will pursue careers in child abuse and neglect research and evaluation. Estimated application due date: May 19, 2014. For more information, go to


The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center have a comprehensive funding list at

Iowa and national job opportunities

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at the University of Iowa in Iowa City is seeking an Executive Director (Behavioral Health Manager) to lead the program. RVAP is the oldest stand-alone sexual assault program in Iowa and is counted among the first sexual assault victim services centers in the country. For more information, including representative job functions, qualifications and how to apply, go to Refer to requisition #64135. Screening will begin immediately.


Asian Family Support Services of Austin (formerly known as SAHELI), a nonprofit organization assisting Asian victims and survivors of gender-based violence, is seeking to hire a Sexual Assault Community Educator, who will be responsible for designing, implementing and assessing community education, prevention and outreach activities for the growing Austin, Texas, area Asian community. The SA Community Educator is expected to work 40 hours a week, including evenings and weekend commitments. Salary is $29,000-$30,500, plus health benefits. The position is grant-dependent and a U.S. work permit is required. Resumes can be sent to P.O. BOX 16254, Austin, TX 78761, or by email to


End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, a statewide membership organization of programs and individuals working to end domestic violence, is seeking a full time R.E.A.C.H. (Respectful. Expansive. Accessible. Collaborating. Honoring.) Coordinator. The position begins with 3 weeks paid vacation, personal, sick, holiday, 401k Plan, and an employer contribution toward a flexible benefit package. For more information, go to


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Services is seeking to hire a Survivor Services Coordinator and a Violence Prevention Specialist for the UHS End Violence on Campus team. For more information on the End Violence on Campus Initiative, For more information about the positions, go to and


Fenway Health in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking a Project Manager/Counselor for its Violence Recovery Program (VRP), which provides counseling, support groups, advocacy and referral services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and queer (LGBTQ) clients who have experienced recent anti-LGBTQ bias crime, partner abuse/domestic violence, sexual assault and police misconduct. For more positions at Fenway Health and for application instructions, go to

Monsoon trainings

Are you interested in raising awareness about gender-based violence? Monsoon is offering Community Engagement/Outreach Training and Multilingual Advocate Training for 2014. For more information, contact Mira Yusef at 515.288.0881 or at

You’re the one!

Monsoon is seeking people interested in social justice to serve on its Board of Directors. If you are interested, contact Monsoon at

Monsoon job opportunities

On-Call Multilingual Advocates

Function: In order to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate services to Asian, Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iowa, Monsoon relies on Multilingual Advocates, a pool of on-call bilingual or multilingual consultants. These consultants assist survivors by providing information, referrals, peer support, advocacy and interpretation services.

Hours and availability: Applicants must have schedules that allow flexibility in order to work some daytime hours during the week and weekend on an on-call basis. Training will be provided.

Requirements: Fluency in English and at least one Asian or Pacific Islander language.

For more information, contact Mira Yusef at 515.288.0881 or at 


Peer-to-Peer Youth Counselor & Outreach (Nisaa)

Function: Under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator, the Peer-to-Peer Youth Counselor & Outreach is responsible for planning and implementing outreach events for African youths in Des Moines, and, following training, for providing support to peers who are survivors of dating violence and sexual assault.

Hours: 5 hours per week (20 hours per month) Requirements:

• 15 years old to 18 years old;

• Familiar with one or more African languages and cultures;

• Ability to use computers to store and organize information and perform research;

• Interested in social justice issues and in being part of the movement to end gender-based violence.

Call for action

If you are interested in volunteering at Monsoon’s Asian and African Bayanihan Community Resource Center, contact Mira Yusef at 515.288.0881 or at Training will be provided.


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