CUSA’s Program Administrator and the Newkirk Center for Science & Society’s Administrative Assistant, Kelly Novahom, has been invited to attend a 3 day conference organized by National Organization of Asian and Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPISEV) in the SF Bay Area called “Responding to Sexual Violence, Child Sexual Abuse, and Youth Sexual Exploitation in API Communities through Healing, Organizing and Transformative Justice/Community Accountability.”
The event will take place from Aug 29th to Sept. 1st, and Novahom is one of 35 women who will be participating in the intensive, sexual violence training in the API community and improving its services.
NAPISEV has also granted money to help build relief centers for women in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan where there is an increasing amount of domestic violence and human trafficking in hard hit areas. NAPISEV and its partners see a correlation between environmental disaster and sexual violence/exploitation and work to offer services and programs on reproductive justice training, livelihood training, sexual violence/rape crisis relief training, and trafficking training. Novahom was recently part of a few functions in Orange County to raise money for the relief centers, and found many of the organizers are nurses, social workers, teachers that are offering expertise that will directly affect the community at large.
For more information, please visit: http://www.napiesv.org/events/.