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eSANE: Culturally Responsive Services for AAPI Survivors of Violence

Objectives: Have greater understanding of AAPI (and NH and MENA) cultural dynamics that contribute to and impact experiences of gender-based violence, consider approaches and best practices for culturally responsive services and support, and consider approaches and opportunities for increased outreach and engagement of local AAPI communities and resources.

Trainers: Sarah Khan, Director of Programs at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)

Sarah Khan, (she/hers), Director of Programs, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV). She oversees and manages the coordination of API-GBV’s programs, areas of technical assistance (TA) and training; designs and evaluates programs and processes; acts as a subject matter expert (SME) on various training and research topics; supervises staff; develops and monitors budgets. Ms. Khan has designed and conducted training and site visits for current OVW grantees. She has been working to end gender-based violence for over twenty years. She conducts training on best practices in building the organizational infrastructure while maintaining the cultural context in which organizations serve their communities. Her goal is to foster a culture of programmatic excellence, impact measurement and learning, ensuring that programs are evidence based and results oriented. She cultivates and maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders to promote collaborations.

Sarah’s direct service experience has deeply informed how she understands and addresses challenges faced by the community she serves. After 9-11, she intentionally chose to work at the intersection of race and gender justice to concretely reduce the vulnerability of immigrants, refugees and other marginalized groups. Sarah has a longstanding passion for grassroots activism, anti-violence advocacy, and community education and empowerment. Her passion is fueled by breaking silos and encouraging herself and others to address intersectionality in their work by addressing root causes of gender based violence. Originally from Kashmir and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, Sarah is fluently multi-lingual in various South Asian languages. She has a BA in History (Hons.), an MA in Political Science and an M. Phil in International Relations from New Delhi, India.

Sarah envisions a world free of gender-based violence for communities with equal opportunities for all to thrive. It is everyone’s duty to disrupt violence. She strongly feels people are the experts in their communities and that the expertise of culturally specific programs should always be uplifted.


This training is hosted by CPCM under Grant No. 2019-MU-GX-K014, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Sep 18 2024


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm