On September 21st, Sakhi was one of many service providers who attended the First Annual Queens-Based Community Fair organized by the Protective Services Division of New York City Administration for Children Services (ACS) in Jamaica Queens. Sponsored by the Jamaica and Elmhurst Community Partnership Project, the day was intended to bring together and form partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve children and families of different communities. Sakhi was present and introduced information about the culturally sensitive services we offer to survivors of domestic violence who are often South Asian immigrant women.
At events like these, links are created between service providers, CBOs and the communities we all serve. For example, child welfare professionals at ACS can learn from community organizations such as Sakhi about religious, cultural and linguistic issues that may arise in woking with immigrant families.
Creating strong, healthy communities and families is a part of Sakhi’s mission and South Asian women survivors of domestic violence are one of many communities facing violence in their homes and who have children caught in the middle. Through our participation at this fair we were able to raise awareness about the cultural and social barriers women face and how that may impact their lives and on the choices they make for themselves and for their children. Sakhi was also able to educate the agencies present about the immense influence of extended family in the South Asian family dynamic and family-based violence.
The Queens Community-Based Fair was well-organized and well-attended. Several ACS workers expressed their gratitude for organizations such as Sakhi for their culturally-sensitive programming that supports both survivors of violence and the service providers that they may turn to for help.
Our helpline (212-868-6741) is open both to survivors facing violence as well as to service providers who may need assistance in understanding specific populations.
New York City Administration for Children’s Services, ACS Press Release, “Children Services Immigrant Community Group Initiative Fights Child Abuse and Neglect.” April 14, 2008. http://www.nyc.gov/html/acs/html/pr_archives/pr08_04_14.shtml (Accessed October 7, 2010).
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