Mission: To build and sustain a national, progressive, multi-issue movement of Asian and Pacific Islander women in the United States.
About the Organization: Founded in 1996 by a hundred and fifty-seven Founding Sisters in the wake of the UN-sponsored Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum focuses on six issue areas: Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Educational Access, Ending Violence Against Women, Health, and Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, NAPAWF currently has fifteen chapters across the United States and plays a leadership role in many coalitions and partnerships working to support reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and anti-human trafficking efforts.
Current Programs: The forum's programs include Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Implementation, through which it works to ensure access to health care for immigrants as well as access to comprehensive reproductive health care for women; Anti-Human Trafficking, which combines policy advocacy and grassroots organizing to address all forms of forced labor, including domestic servitude, sweatshop labor, servile marriages and forced sex work; and Immigrant Rights, through which the organization works with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) to mobilize women in support of commonsense immigration reform designed to keep families together and empower women. NAPAWF's Reproductive Justice program takes a comprehensive approach that encompasses a range of issues, including Health Care Reform, HPV Vaccine Mandate, and Race and Sex Selective Abortion Bans, while its Young Women's Collaborative works to empower women undergraduates to develop and lead community-based research and organizing campaigns around women's sexual health issues.
Website: Visitors to the NAPAWF site can locate the nearest chapter, start one, or become a member; download issue briefs and fact sheets as well as tool kits; and/or cathc up with member stories or the NAPAWF newsletter. In addition, the site's Action Center suggests ways to get involved, including joining a campaign, attending an event, or supporting the organization.
Funding: The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum is funded by foundations, corporations, individuals, and members.