Beyond Services

Announcements of upcoming activities, events and initiatives to create systematic social change.

Sakhi at the SAALT Summit

April 1 – April 4, 2011

American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

On April 1st – 4th, Sakhi will participate in a national conference to raise issues concerning South Asian communities, and collectively strategize for solutions.

Hosted by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) at the Washington College of Law, American University, the Summit is an opportunity for organizational leaders and community members to: engage with policymakers and government agencies; participate in a learning environment; discuss emerging issues in the South Asian community and the country as a whole; and, strategize to achieve best practices, discuss collective solutions and agree to common principles using a progressive, social justice framework.

Sakhi will participate on two panels: Connecting the Local to the Global: From South Asia and the Middle East to the Border and Our Backyards and Gender Equity and the South Asian Community

SAALT Summit 2011


Sakhi to speak on a panel on race and reproductive rights

April 7, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Northeastern Law School, Boston MA

On April 7, 2011, Sakhi will participate on the panel discussion: Race, Rhetoric, and Reproductive Justice: How Current and Proposed Legislation Will Affect Communities of Color.

The panel will address the various ways that current federal and state legislations and policy changes on reproductive rights will affect communities of color. Among the many topics discussed will be:

  • How immigrants lack of access to health care in the Obama Care plan will affect immigrant communities
  • Recent state court decisions that ruled “Pregnancy Crisis” centers do not have to state that they do not provide abortion services
  • The Republican proposed congressional amendment to cut all Planned Parenthood funding

Panelists include Lorretta Ross; National Coordinator of Sister Song, Elizabeth Barajas of the Natioanl Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Tiloma Jayasinghe, Sakhi’s Executive Director and more.

Sakhi works with the Department of Health and Human Services- Office on Women’s Health on a Trauma Initiative

As part of a 5-year initiative, Sakhi joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and other partner organizations acknowledge trauma as a public health issue.

Research findings recognize the impact of trauma as a crosscutting, gender-specific issue that has significant adverse affects on the health and wellbeing of women, children and families. Building on OWH’s projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS, prevention of violence against women, women’s health for incarcerated women and juveniles, and women’s mental health, this 5-year Training Initiative will provide a framework to acknowledge trauma as a public health issue and will conduct provider education which will lead to the development of prevention strategies.

The goal of the 5-year Training Initiative on Trauma-Affected Women, Children, and Families is to increase the capacity of providers from diverse service sectors to engage in systems change in order to offer responsive trauma-informed services and supports.

Sakhi honors Swarna Chalsani on the10 year anniversary of 9/11- May 2011

2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. This May, Sakhi will host an event to honor the memory of those who were killed during the World Trade Center attacks. Among the many who died, was Swarna Chalasani and passionate Sakhi volunteer.

In memory of Swarna’s dedication to Sakhi, the Chalsani family created an education fund that offers small grants to qualified survivors for career and continuing education opportunities at accredited institutions.

Through fundarising efforts, Sakhi hopes to rebuild the Swarna Fund to ensuer that survivors of domestic violence continue to have access to this critical fund.

Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice- A Sakhi Conference- October 2011

This October, Sakhi will host its first ever conference. The goals of the conference are to:

  • Build an anti-violence movement that takes into account the race, class, socioeconomic, political and cultural realities of vulnerable populations of women
  • Explore the intersectionalities between the DV movement and related movements for social justice
  • Harness the strength of organizations, individuals to promote the human rights of women