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Why Sakhi Exists

Sakhi unites survivors of violence, communities, and institutions to prevent and end domestic violence in the South Asian community in New York City. We believe that:

- Nobody should have to live in fear and threat of domestic violence.
- Survivors of domestic violence have the right to be safe and to regain control of their lives.
- Supporting women and their families to achieve safety; empowering our community to become stronger; and advocating for broader social change works.


Join Sakhi’s Executive Director, Tiloma Jayasinghe, as we unfold our findings from our first ever Summit, “Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice” at Barnard Center for Research on Women’s New Feminist Solutions series. “New Feminist Solutions: Social Justice Approaches to Ending Domestic Violence“: Wednesday, April 9 | 6:30 PM at Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor, Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, Columbia University. In March 2012,…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sethu Nair, sethu.nair@sakhi.org, 1-646-920-6560 Half the Sky’s Urmi Basu, Red Baraat, and New York Women’s Foundation join Sakhi for South Asian Women’s 25th anniversary celebration on May 15, 2014 at Three Sixtyº Tribeca, NYC. The first organization to respond to NYC’s South Asian women reaches a remarkable 25 years of service. April 3, 2014, NEW YORK – On May…

In this month (March)’s “Inspiring Sakhi” series, we feature Robina Niaz, a previous Sakhi Board member and Founder of Turning Point for Women and Families. Robina has been a source of great inspiration and support to Sakhi, and survivors of domestic violence. Here’s her story in her own words: I migrated to New York in 1990, after getting married and came…

This month (February), we feature Soniya Munshi, NYC based queer South Asian writer, researcher and community activist about her 15 years of work and commitment to gender based violence in the South Asian community.  We asked Soniya what led her into the field of gender based violence, and how she and her work evolved. Here is what she had to say: We asked Soniya what…

On February 7th , I had the honor and privilege of speaking at Converge!, a conference hosted by the University of Miami Law School about Sakhi’s transformative justice work. It was in the mid-80s, there were green parrots roosting in the trees, and inside Beth Richie was speaking truths – truths we knew, truths that were hard to hear, and…