API Women Overcoming Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking


Photo Credit: Narika

Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:30pm – 1:30pm PST

21% to 55% of Asian women report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime.

Join us for a conversation that sheds light on the impact of domestic violence and human trafficking on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women. Representatives from three of our affiliates will discuss how their community organizations are uniquely addressing these issues:

The second half of the webinar will provide participants with an opportunity for questions and answers and to find out about specific ways they can take action to support API women overcoming these issues.


Our pilot webinar series is part of our broader #APIHiddenNeeds campaign to raise awareness about the hidden needs confronting the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

This webinar is sponsored by The Women’s Foundation of California. The Women’s Foundation of California is a statewide community foundation dedicated to securing gender justice in California.


About Our Featured Affiliates

Asian Women’s Shelter

Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) brings new hope to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.  AWS provides comprehensive services, including a 24-hour crisis line, shelter program, case management and access to health and legal services. At AWS, survivors and their children begin to heal and rebuild their lives.

Gum Moon Women’s Residence

Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center (AWRC), are projects of the Methodist Church established to address the unmet needs of women and children in geographic and social transition. In providing a safe sanctuary to live in and programs that develop life skills, Gum Moon empowers these individuals, fostering stability, self-reliance, self-determination, and full access to opportunity.


Narika has been serving South Asian survivors of domestic violence in the Bay area for the last 26 years.  Narika’s mission is to promote women’s independence, economic empowerment, and well-being by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support, and education. Narika provides three distinct programs that advance its mission: a Crisis Helpline; community-based support groups; and the Self-Empowerment and Economic Development (SEED) program.


About Our Speakers

Orchid Pusey, Acting Executive Director, Asian Women’s Shelter

Orchid Pusey is the Acting Executive Director of Asian Women’s Shelter, where she has been on staff since 2002. She led a national training and technical assistance program in the domestic violence field for over eight years, and has focused on issues of organizational and movement sustainability, interpretation and translation, navigating socio-cultural differences, programming for LGBTQ communities, and community building to end domestic violence, human trafficking, and all violence based on sex, gender, or sexuality.

Orchid grew up living back and forth between rural Pennsylvania and Beijing, P.R. China.  She speaks Mandarin fluently, several other languages to varying degrees of proficiency, and holds a BA in Social Anthropology and an MA in Linguistics.


Gloria Tan, Executive Director, Gum Moon’s Women’s Residence

Gloria Tan is Executive Director of Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the Asian Women’s Resource Center, a non-profit organization in mission with United Methodist Women – National Office.   Originally from Singapore, Gloria came to the US for her college education.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Business Administration degree.  Since 1986, Gloria has managed a vital community-based organization providing low-income affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking,  and comprehensive family support services to immigrant families with children 12 and below.


Rovina Nimbalkar, Executive Director, Narika

Rovina grew up in India and moved to the US twelve years ago. She has a Masters degree in Social Work and another Masters degree in Psychology. She has worked with women, children, and adults with mental illness from different religious, socio-economic,  and ethnic backgrounds. Prior to joining Narika, Rovina worked as the Program Director of Kiran, a non-profit organization that helps South Asian victims of domestic and sexual violence in North Carolina.