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The New York Asian Women’s Center helps women and their children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse by empowering them to govern their own lives.  The Center provides a safe haven through multi-lingual support programs and shelter services.  In addition, the Center works to raise public awareness about violence against women, advocates for the rights of survivors, and acts as an agent of social change.


Aditi Bhattacharya, NYAWC’s One Again Program Manager, addressed the role of race in reporting campus sexual assaults and its complexities, especially in immigrant communities on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought” radio program. The segment begins at the 30:53 mark here

Mary Caparas, manager of NYAWC’s Project Free program, spoke about the trends of human trafficking that we’ve seen and the sustainability of the organization’s work with trafficking survivors in this segment from Sinovision

Betty Rose Green, NYAWC’s Manager of Outreach and Community Education, speaks about the controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson in "Ghost in the Shell" on PIX11's Morning Show.

"The Opposite of a Fairy Tale"

“The Opposite of a Fairy Tale” is a powerful and moving film about elder abuse from a social work standpoint. It's a collaboration between NYAWC and the Asian American Film Lab (AAFL). More information on the film’s debut coming soon!

"I Am Not Invisible:"
Official 2016 Denim Walk PSA

  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Let the brave voices of survivors resonate, including that of an NYAWC staff. We are proud to sponsor the this event again alongside Denim Day NYC, Beauty for Freedom, Fashion Week Brooklyn, and Artinmotion Show.

Stop Human Trafficking

 We would like to thank Oasis USA & Stop the Traffik for the use of this PSA.

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Success Stories

“The police referred me to the NYAWC after my husband was arrested for beating me. I was so scared to be on my own at first and thought about returning to him. But my counselor taught me that I can take care of myself. I have a job and my own apartment now. And I am paying for English classes with money from my own bank account!”
— Julie, NYAWC Client
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“I did not call [the Emergency Hotline] at first because I was scared that I would have to leave my home. But when the abuse got worse, I called and talked to a counselor. My counselor helped me overcome my fears. She also helped me get legal services so that I could apply for my own visa, get an order of protection against my husband, and eventually a divorce. My children and I were able to stay in our home, near our friends and their school, and thanks to NYAWC I have found a job to support us.”
—Diana, NYAWC Client
(read more)

What's Happening:

We’re Recruiting DAT (Drawing and Truth) Mentors for the 2016-2017 cycle!
DAT is a group mentoring program for youth (13-18 years old) who have experienced trauma. It’s is one of our most fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities, but does require a full year commitment. The program runs throughout the school year from mid-October to the end of June on Saturday afternoons. The youth are very diverse with regard to gender, race, and personality, and we’re looking for the same in our mentors. You can learn more about the program here and apply here. For more information, please contact Crystal Tang at DAT@nyawc.org or 212–732-0054 x157.

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In support of Asians in the arts, NYAWC is proud to partner with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)
which will be in theaters across NYC from July 19 to July 30! NYAWC supporters enjoy a 25% discount on ticket by using the promo code NYAWCaaiff16 at checkout.

Deborah Chan and Yogesh Bahl win awards and Sejal Patel joins NYAWC Board of Directors.
Read more here.

Grants make our work possible.
Read more about the generous funding we’ve recently received.

Read this special op-ed piece written by NYAWC Board Chair, Karen Elizaga, in The Huffington Post about consent and its lack thereof in the case at Stanford.

Our latest newsletter is here!
Find out what NYAWC has been up to this Winter and Spring.

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Find out which women inspires the staff at NYAWC.

NYAWC is honored to receive NASW’s Social Work Image Award in Direct Practice.
Click to read Executive Director, Larry Lee’s announcement.

NYAWC Raises $358K+ at Annual Gala
Philanthropists gathered at Tribeca Three-Sixty to raise money for NYAWC’s programs. Read more here.

NYAWC expands Queens Asian Women’s Empowerment Center thanks to city and federal funding.
Read the Queens Examiner’s coverage here.

New Year, New Community Office
NYAWC unveils its new Lower Manhattan Community Office located on Mott Street in the heart of Chinatown. Read NY Asian Channel’s coverage here.

A House, Not a Shelter
Survivors at NYAWC's Emergency Residences find a support network where they may not have originally expected to, making the women stronger and more assertive. Read more about our survivors in NYNP's press coverage.

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