From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
 

Pelosi Announces New Funding for Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

August 14, 2003

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 and/or stalking.

“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.”

“Along 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.”

Currently, 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 Woman’s 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.

“These 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,” Pelosi said.



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