Project Respectt, Inc.

Project Respectt, Inc.

Project Respectt serves indigenous people of the Pacific Islands in the United States. We reimagine and cultivate contemporary villages creating networks of support for NHPI. We steward support and services for communities of color to build collective agency through strengthening cultural identity and linguistic competencies. Programs are fostered in the

Project Respectt, Inc.

Project Respectt serves indigenous people of the Pacific Islands in the United States. We reimagine and cultivate contemporary villages creating networks of support for NHPI. We steward support and services for communities of color to build collective agency through strengthening cultural identity and linguistic competencies. Programs are fostered in the spirit of ancestral knowledge, through sharing and storytelling which reflect the body of wisdom collected throughout a great expanse of time. We work to lift the conditions of the ‘whole person’ approach through the lens of racial and social equity. Our mission is to achieve self-determination through respect and reciprocity.

About the Organization:

Project Respectt serves indigenous people of the Pacific Islands in the United States. We reimagine and cultivate contemporary villages creating networks of support for NHPI. We steward support and services for communities of color to build collective agency through strengthening cultural identity and linguistic competencies. Programs are fostered in the spirit of ancestral knowledge, through sharing and storytelling which reflect the body of wisdom collected throughout a great expanse of time. We work to lift the conditions of the ‘whole person’ approach through the lens of racial and social equity. Our mission is to achieve self-determination through respect and reciprocity.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

AANHPI communities are often overlooked and invisible in scholarship and data surrounding the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and effects of the prison industrial complex, hence the limitations on available data. In a forthcoming article in the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Raymond Magsaysay explores the multifaceted problem of AANHPI being largely left out in conversations overhauling the criminal justice system to address racial injustice. "Identifying and addressing this issue, I intercalate AAPIs into powerful, contemporary critiques of the prison industrial complex, including emergent abolitionist legal scholarship," said Magsaysay. "I argue that the model minority myth, an anti-Black racial project, leads to the exclusion of AAPIs in both mainstream and critical studies of crime and carcerality. I also highlight how various AAPI subgroups are stereotyped and criminalized in distinct forms." This problem needs amplification. Plus millions of hidden victims --AANHPI children and families with incarcerated parents.

The Solution:

The lived experiences of hidden victims as well as those recently released are uniquely positioned to educate and inform the public about the inequities and discrimination. Their lived experiences are stories not manufactured or made for ‘reality tv.’ We don’t see or hear them because they live in the shadows. They are forgotten and branded for life. Consequently, they often have children and families. These hidden victims are also punished through humiliation and neglect, especially within the AANHPI communities where the entire family is often shamed. We intend to elevate the collective consciousness of our communities by bringing light to what we coin “Invisible Cells” We channel ancestral systems of affirmation through storytelling in modern format: Open Schools to transform learning in public classrooms; public forums and town halls, virtual training and in-person programs infiltrated with cultural arts and music; plus the immersion of cultural humility in professional development courses.

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