Domestic Violence continues to be one of the more pervasive issues
throughout Pacific Islander communities here in the United States.
We will lift the taboo from this topic, and start what will hopefully become
the catalyst for more discussions regarding domestic violence amongst
Pacific Islanders. This workshop will shed light on the realities of domestic
violence in our communities, and feature culturally relevant strategies in
addressing domestic violence issues.
The well being of our Pacific Islander communities is of utmost importance.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, many community organizations have
implemented pioneering and effective programs that serve the youth, elderly
and everyone in between. The focus on the entire family is the cornerstone of
these programs – ultimately building and strengthening community, and by
extension, addressing issues of violence. This workshop will feature several
Pacific Islander programs from the San Francisco Bay Area that we feel can
serve as models.
Violence and gang involvement has become an issue of increasing importance
throughout Pacific Islander communities in the United States. In different regions,
gang involvement amongst Pacific Islanders has increased in the last several years.
Territorial conflicts over “turf” have led to violence and in many cases death.
This workshop will cover a diverse array of topics including historical context of
Pacific Islander gangs in the United States, a discussion on why Pacific Islanders
join gangs (push and pull factors), and strategies to address issues that stem from
Law Enforcement & Community Collaboration
One of the most effective ways to prevent violence in our Pacific Islander communities
is to have strong and culturally sensitive relationships with local law enforcement
agencies. Working together, we can develop impactful strategies and allocate resources
dedicated to violence prevention in our communities. This workshop will be led by local
police officers from the San Mateo and San Francisco Police Departments.
Youth Violence, Bullying & Suicide
Our youth live in a time when bullying is an issue they encounter not just in reality but
also online via the Internet and social media. This, coupled with social and cultural
pressures, often times results in anxiety, suicidal thoughts and physical violence. This
workshop will be led by a group of youth who will discuss how they navigate these issues
in their lives, and provide insight into ways to address violence from their perspectives.
Violence as Taboo in Pacific Islander Communities – Breaking the Silence
When it comes to violence in any form in Pacific Islander communities, there tends to be
a culture of silence that surrounds it. Amongst the many issues with this practice, one is
the unintended consequence of creating a sense of safety for those who commit violence
and making it more difficult to achieve redress for victims of violence. This workshop will
break the silence on this taboo topic and feature discussions on violence prevention and
Mana - Healing
Often times, when violence is discussed in reference to communities, very little attention
is given to the process of healing. Since violence is such a pervasive issue in our communities,
we feel that addressing how to heal from violence is one of our primary concerns. In this
workshop, API Chaya staff will share successes and challenges from two current
community-organizing projects that utilize Pacific Islander cultural values to address
domestic violence and sexual assault with a focus on healing.