New Funding for Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced
that Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) will receive
$450,000 in federal grant money through the Legal Assistance for
Victims (LAV) program at the U.S. Department of Justice. The LAV
program supports nonprofit, non-governmental service agencies that
provide legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault
I am pleased that Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach will
receive federal funds to continue providing legal services for victims
of domestic violence in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities
of the Bay Area," Pelosi said. Combating domestic violence
requires a comprehensive, culturally-sensitive approach. Legal representation
can provide people who feel isolated with the legal and financial
means to permanently escape abuse.
with our partners, the Asian Women's Shelter, Cameron House, and
Narika, we are grateful to receive this funding from the Office
of Justice Programs, said Dean Ito Taylor, executive director
of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. This grant will
allow us to provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence
through our unique collaborative encompassing legal representation,
emotional counseling, and shelter services.
APILO can assist clients in 23 Asian languages and dialects, and
is the only project in California that provides attorney assistance
exclusively for domestic violence.
APILO and its
collaborative victim service agencies - the Asian Womans Shelter,
Cameron House and Narika - will use these supplemental funds to
continue expanding legal assistance to victims of domestic violence
in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in San Francisco,
Alameda and San Mateo Counties.
organizations play a vital role in our Asian and Pacific Islander
communities. I commend their efforts and am confident that this
additional funding will allow them to build upon their great success,