KAN-WIN

KAN-WIN

KAN-WIN is a community-based organization that supports Asian immigrant survivors through their journey toward freedom from violence. KAN-WIN’s comprehensive, wrap-around services and programs include, but are not limited to: 24/7 multilingual crisis hotline, legal clinic and advocacy, transitional housing program, counseling, art therapy, support groups, children’s program, and community education

KAN-WIN

KAN-WIN is a community-based organization that supports Asian immigrant survivors through their journey toward freedom from violence. KAN-WIN’s comprehensive, wrap-around services and programs include, but are not limited to: 24/7 multilingual crisis hotline, legal clinic and advocacy, transitional housing program, counseling, art therapy, support groups, children’s program, and community education and outreach programs. While KAN-WIN’s services are free and open to survivors of all identities, our expertise lies in culturally and linguistically sensitive services and programs that center those whose language barrier, immigration status, and other intersecting issues cannot be adequately addressed by mainstream social services organizations.

About the Organization:

KAN-WIN is a community-based organization that supports Asian immigrant survivors through their journey toward freedom from violence. KAN-WIN’s comprehensive, wrap-around services and programs include, but are not limited to: 24/7 multilingual crisis hotline, legal clinic and advocacy, transitional housing program, counseling, art therapy, support groups, children’s program, and community education and outreach programs. While KAN-WIN’s services are free and open to survivors of all identities, our expertise lies in culturally and linguistically sensitive services and programs that center those whose language barrier, immigration status, and other intersecting issues cannot be adequately addressed by mainstream social services organizations.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Though studies published by the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence consistently report that 1-2% of adults and children served by domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) agencies are AAPI, KAN-WIN’s own surveys indicate that actual DV/SA incidences among AAPI communities are severely underreported: in a survey of 313 participants, 53.5% of female and 8.1% of male respondents reported experiencing sexual violence. In another survey, an overwhelming 72% of 360 participants said they either personally experienced domestic violence or knew someone who had. Of those respondents, 90% said their parents never received help from professionals to cope with the abuse. The intersection of compounded and marginalized identities can create formidable barriers to vital resources for Asian immigrant victims. For victims with such compounded barriers, mainstream domestic/sexual violence services and programs and outreach methods are simply not enough.

The Solution:

In order to cast a wider safety net for pan-Asian survivors, KAN-WIN proposes the “Root to Fruit Project” (or “the project”). For many immigrants, seeking victim services can be an intimidating concept due to previous interactions with unhelpful or hurtful responders. Shame, stigma, and concerns about confidentiality can further deter them from seeking help even when they experience victimization. Thus, KAN-WIN has adopted relational organizing (the idea that people are more likely to respond to information that comes from someone within their network versus information that comes from a stranger) and peer-to-peer education at the core of our outreach model. The Root to Fruit project will seek to cast a wider safety net for Asian immigrant survivors by recruiting trusted community members and leaders like pastors and teachers who can utilize their culturally and linguistically specific knowledge to provide localized responses to survivors of gender-based violence within their communities.

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