Category: Staff Corner

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 suggestion that if they demonstrated in Washington, D.C. with 10,000 Karen people they might be able to make a change. Soe Moe estimates that more…
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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 2009. She became the assistant director in 2010 and has been working at our Franklin Ave. office ever since. But at the end of November…
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November 10, 2017 0

Looking back and looking ahead…

2013 has been a very productive year for Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa (Monsoon) and its sister program Nisaa African Women’s Project (Nisaa). We provided direct services to 70 survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence from the Asian Pacific Islanders and African communities in Iowa. Monsoon and Nisaa advocates provided civil legal advocacy,…
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January 3, 2014 0

A Mother’s Perspective

Many parents strive to bring up children that are productive and take a big role in the community. Unfortunately, the incident that happened in Kenya has raised some eyebrows. Many mothers that I have talked to who have teenage kids are worried about their own children. “How do they get such hostile idea?” asked one woman.

October 1, 2013 0


Growing into our new space.

June 15, 2013 0

Too young to know: Impact of child marriages

Too young to know: Impact of child marriages By Cecilia Mabior Child marriages are most common in Africa, South Asia and some Middle Eastern countries. The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) reports that 48 percent of girls under the age of 18 from South Sudan are forced into marriage. Child marriages, or early…
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June 3, 2013 0

Speaking As A Youth

Parts of it really hit hard for me. It was wrong how she felt, having to hide everything she did from her parent. I completely understand her situation because I was also in the same boat she was.

April 5, 2013 0

Ode To My Father

When my parents were in the refugee camp in Thailand people would hire the refugees to work in their fields with the promise of getting paid. There were times my father would leave the camp to go work these fields thinking he would be able to make a little money to buy food for his family back at the camp only to be sent back with no pay after having worked all day. But still, my father persevered.

October 15, 2012 0

Working With Burmese Community

In the refugee camps, there are a lot of rules to follow but the rules are different from here in the US. Domestic violence is seen as a family problem so nobody will help in these situations.

September 8, 2012 0
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