May 2014 Newsletter

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Calling out to all  youths…

…it’s that time of the year again. The 2014 Asian Pacific Islander and African Youth Summit will be held Friday, May 16 at Grandview University in Des Moines.

The all-day conference is a highlight of Monsoon’s youth Violence Prevention Program, which began in 2008 in an effort to inspire youths from middle and high schools to the movement to end gender-based violence. The summit originally included only Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth but beginning last year expanded to include African students, a result of the joining with the Nisaa African Women’s Project; the domestic violence and sexual assault program for African women is fiscally sponsored by Monsoon.

Under the guidance of program coordinator Helen Dao — a former youth advocate herself — the interns are tasked to organize the conference themselves. The summit has been a popular event, with many students ranging from 12 to 17 years old from more than five schools in the Des Moines district in attendance.

This year”s keynote speaker is Primi Akhtar from Ya Ya Network, a youth-driven New York City-based organization allying with the LGBTQ community to fight socio-economical oppression.

For more information about the summit contact Helen Dao at

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.

This years’ opening ceremony to kick off Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month is May 6 from 9 a.m. to noon EST at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Yates Auditorium in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is “I Am Beyond,” a phrase meant to capture the aspiring spirit of AAPI who have overcome challenges and limited equal opportunity. The free event will include live performances, and special guests and speakers. It will also be live streamed on RSVP at http://

Webinars and conferences

What: Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Intersecting Problems

When: May 8, 11-12:30 p.m. CT


Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services and Lori Cohen, Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families are presenting a webinar focused on the intersection of domestic violence and human trafficking. Participants will also learn how to consider case management issues and strategies unique to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and recognize best practices for trauma-informed service provision. The webinar is hosted by Jewish Women International.

What: Subsidized Housing Basics, Part 4: Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) and Mckinney-Vento Homelessness Programs

When: May 8, 1 p.m. CT

Registration: http:// 

The National Housing Law Project is presenting a training on major features of federal housing for the homeless and HOPWA, which are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistant Act, a primary federal funding for homelessness services in the U.S. that also includes support for domestic violence services; and discuss important features of the ACT, including the Emergency Solutions Grant Program and Continuum of Care Program.

What: Holistic Safety Planning Using an Alternative Risk Assessment Framework

When: May 13, 2-3:30 p.m. CT

Registration: Sherry Hamby, Ph. D, Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Life Paths Research Program at University of the South, will lead this webinar to discuss new safety planning for domestic violence victims that include holistic and family-centered approaches. The webinar is hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project.

What: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus: Implications for Prevention

When: May 27 & May 29, 1-2:30 p.m. CT

Registration: http:// 

This web conference will discuss the new federal guidance for campuses and implications for planning, implementing and evaluation violence prevention on college campuses.

What: Improving Protection Order Practices: Tools and TA

When: June 2, 1-2 p.m. CT

Registration: http:// This webinar will present strategies to improve civil protective orders. It is hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court and National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit

What: The Impact of Differential Sentencing of Batterers

When: May 20, 1-2:30 p.m. CT

Registration: http:// 

Hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project, this webinar will examine how the severity of sentencing of domestic violence effects future offenses.

What: Seeking Safety Curriculum Training

When: June 26, all-day (exact time TBA)

Where: Des Moines, IA (exact location TBA) Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault will present a training of Seeking Safety, a curriculum agencies can use for support groups aimed at survivors struggling with the impact of trauma in combination with substance abuse. Scholarships may be available to cover travel expenses.

Contact: for more information.

What: Facing Race: A National Conference When: November 13-15 Where: Dallas, Texas

Contact: Register at http:// Limited early bird discount. Use code: FR14Welcome Organized by Race Forward, this conference will highlight local, regional, and national perspectives of the racial justice movement.

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 Domestic Violence Intervention Program is hiring a Development Director to create and oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising, as well as community engagement to expand community understanding of domestic violence. Qualifications include a B.A. in related field or equivalent experience, two years’ experience in fundraising and marketing, excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking, and ability to work occasional weekends and evenings. Visit for more information. Submit letter of interest and resume to

The Lutheran Services Refugee Elderly Program is hiring a part-time ESL/Activities Specialist to create and implement volunteer-led educational programs and activities for older clients with refugee status. Other duties include training and supervising volunteers. Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s in Education or other related field, a valid driver’s license, auto insurance and a good driving record; two years related experience is preferred. For more information about the position and how to apply online, go to http:// 

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is seeking a Voting Rights Organizer to mobilize Asian American community groups for a non-partisan exit poll of Asian American voters, and oversee volunteers for Election Day poll monitoring in several states for the 2914 midterm elections. Duties include recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, working with community leaders; supervising the development, translation and printing of materials; and giving educational presentations. The Organizer will also oversee post-election and follow-up and asset in writing a report about Asian American voter participation in the 2014 elections. This is a one-year position that may be extended (subject to funding). Qualified appliance should have strong knowledge of MS Access and other database systems, excellent communication skills, expand ability to travel and work on occasional weekends. Bilingual ability in an Asian language and experience in community organizing is preferred. AALDEF is a New York-based national nonprofit dedicated to protecting and promoting the civil rights of Asian Americans through ligation, advocacy and community education. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled. To apply send cover letter, resume and three references to:    Voting Rights Organizer Search AALDEF 99 Hudson Street, 12th floor New York, NY 10013-2815 Fax: 212.966.4303 Email: (put “voting rights organizer search” in the subject line)

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) is looking for a Rural Technical Assistant Specialist to train and assist rural advocates in dual/multi-service agencies throughout the state. To apply send letter of interest, three references and a writing sample to Kris Bein at For a full job description visit http:// 

Proteus is seeking a Community Health Aide to assist in providing general medical care to non-acutely ill patients in Des Moines, Iowa City and Fort Dodge offices. Duties include providing first-aid to farmers, interpretation, and taking temperature, blood pressure, pulse and other related tasks. Two years experience as a medical assistant and bilingual Spanish/English speaker preferred. For more information call 515.271.5306.

An Outreach Advocate position is open at Riverview Center Waterloo Office. Responsibilities include creating culturally relevant programing and services for African American survivors of sexual assault in Black Hawk, Chicksaw and Bremer counties. Candidates require Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience, and must be able to commute throughout Northeast Iowa. Send resumes to f Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

City of Ames Human Resources Department is hiring a Health Promotion Coordinator to assist development, employees, insured spouses and dependents with the goal of improving overall health and well-being. This position is salaried and 30 hours per week. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree and more than one year of experience coordinating wellness or health promotion programs or equivalent education and experience. Candidates also need to be Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and coaching certification preferred. To apply go to http://

Iowa Legal Aid is seeking to fill Secretary/Receptionist positions for it’s Des Moines and Waterloo offices. Responsibilities include responding to high volume calls for assistance, conduct intakes and data entry. Qualified applicants must have a two year degree, prior clerical experience, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong desire to serve low-income individuals. Applications are accepted until positions is filled. For more information visit http://

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.

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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