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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.


There’s something women’s rights groups in America can learn from Akhilesh Yadav and his father Article written by Sakhi’s ED, Tiloma Jayasinghe. Article originally appeared on Quartz India’s website – http://qz.com/218305/theres-something-womens-rights-groups-in-america-can-learn-from-akhilesh-yadav/. In response to outrage over the rape and hanging of two girls in his state of Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav suggested people google the realities of such crimes in other…

Following our successful spring youth camp, we continue this summer with a summer camp geared to wards girls ages between the ages of 11-14. We will have workshops on positive body image, beauty standards and how they impact choices, helping them prepare to enter high school, and identify positive and negative peer relationships. The children of survivors have many shared narratives…

People Who Inspire Us:: Chaumtoli Huq  In this month’s (June) “Inspiring Sakhi” series, we feature Chaumtoli Huq, a labor and economic justice activist.  Chaumtoli is proud mother to Zarif and Liyana Cabrera and partner to Marvin Cabrera. She is also General Counsel for Litigation at NYC Office of the Public Advocate. “It was in 1993 that I learned about Sakhi. It…

Thank you for making Sakhi’s 25th Anniversary Gala a success! Our 25th Anniversary Gala last Thursday was truly a remarkable and memorable event! We celebrated this milestone anniversary by gathering and celebrating the people who laid our foundation, the people who uphold our work every day, and those who are taking our work forward into the next 25 years. Red Baraat kicked…

Supporting Undocumented South Asians in New York City This year Sakhi has taken on a new project supporting undocumented South Asian youth in New York City, by creating opportunities to access President Obama’s executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is an executive order signed by President Obama in 2012 that supports America’s 1.9 million undocumented youth. Without…