Southeast Asian Freedom Network

Southeast Asian Freedom Network

Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) creates long-term and immediate pathways for transforming immigrant and refugee lives, so we can build a world where all families have a chance to thrive. The first formation of SEAFN began in 2002 through deportation defense and has expanded to include policy change and cultural

Southeast Asian Freedom Network

Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) creates long-term and immediate pathways for transforming immigrant and refugee lives, so we can build a world where all families have a chance to thrive. The first formation of SEAFN began in 2002 through deportation defense and has expanded to include policy change and cultural storytelling. Our work holds the U.S. responsible for the war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, as well as ongoing violence against those still living in these countries and the diaspora. Furthermore, we emphasize the unique wisdom of refugee communities towards solving the crises of our time, like war, climate change, gender injustice, LGBTQ liberation, and more. Today, SEAFN is a national movement family of grassroots organizations working to mobilize Southeast Asians towards abolition.

About the Organization:

Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) creates long-term and immediate pathways for transforming immigrant and refugee lives, so we can build a world where all families have a chance to thrive. The first formation of SEAFN began in 2002 through deportation defense and has expanded to include policy change and cultural storytelling. Our work holds the U.S. responsible for the war in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, as well as ongoing violence against those still living in these countries and the diaspora. Furthermore, we emphasize the unique wisdom of refugee communities towards solving the crises of our time, like war, climate change, gender injustice, LGBTQ liberation, and more. Today, SEAFN is a national movement family of grassroots organizations working to mobilize Southeast Asians towards abolition.

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

21-25 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • California • Colorado • Iowa • Maine • Massachusetts • Minnesota • North Carolina • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Virginia • Washington

organizational budget

$500,000 - $1 MILLION

existence for

21-25 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • California • Colorado • Iowa • Maine • Massachusetts • Minnesota • North Carolina • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Virginia • Washington

The Issue:

The crisis spans across generations. The US warsin Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos took the lives of up to 3.8 million people , and continues to cause casualties from undetonated explosives left by American bombing campaigns as well as medical and environmental impacts of dioxins such as Agent Orange. New arrivals to the U.S. due to the war would eventually constitute the largest refugee group in American history. Following the trauma of displacement, refugees were resettled in neighborhoods that face historic neglect and social injustice. As they sought ways to survive in the United States after being uprooted, immigration authorities began targeting our communities for displacement once again – through deportation, a form of state violence. Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. has issued final orders of removal to about 16,000 Southeast Asian refugees . Many of those who receive final orders of removal already have served their time through incarceration, and afterwards are again punished with detention and deportation. Many deportees are detained for convictions that they received decades ago, and many of them were reported dead after arriving in their home countries – a percentage of those deaths are through suicide. Southeast Asian deportation skyrocketed during the Trump administration. In the Cambodian community, for example, communities saw removal rates rise 279% at their peak. For Vietnamese community members who face removal, the “pre-95” clause within the Vietnamese repatriation order which had for two decades protected those who had arrived in the US before 1995 from removal, were erased at the tail end of the Trump administration. This leaves our communities in highly precarious situations in a growing time of xenophobia and anti-Asian hate. Our communities are struggling to survive after enduring war and displacement. We need resources and a pathway towards healing. Instead, our government is putting money into compounding trauma for our people.

The Solution:

SEAFN works to organize and build a strong and powerful political and cultural base of member organizations in the US to end imperialist violence not only here but in our home countries too. Our base are Southeast Asian grassroots organizations that are led by impacted people: queer, femme, trans individuals along with people who have orders of deportation. We know that the success of our work relies on the engagement, investment, and leadership of those most impacted. We conduct transformative justice work through a gender-based and queer-justice lens, and we aim to reduce harms in our communities to protect those of us most impacted by violence and injustice. SEAFN’s programs are: Movement Building – SEAFN is the leading provider and thought leader of organizational development to all of the member base organizations named above. Our offerings include 1-1 capacity-building support: organizational capacity building resources and support in organizational infrastructure, nonprofit management, leadership development and 1-1 coaching, leadership transition planning and support, fundraising capacity-building, and more. Leadership Development – SEAFN ensures the future liberation of our people by investing in the next generations of our community members. We build the leadership pipeline of young, queer, femme, gender nonconforming, and deportee leaders through programming, convening, coaching, mentorship, and ongoing community engagement. Ending Deportation and State-based Violence through Transformational Refugee Justice – SEAFN currently leads the Southeast Asian Relief & Responsibility (SEARR) campaign, confronting crimmigration (the intersection and entwinement of the criminal justice and immigration systems) and working to end deportation of Southeast Asians and all immigrants and refugees through federal policy changes. Ending Gender-based Violence – SEAFN recognizes the importance of how patriarchal violence intersects and manifests within our communities. We are one of the few Asian American networks/coalitions that speaks directly and builds directly the capacity of our network to address violence that happens in homes and in relationships, such as domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence. Shared Liberation – Support the Movement for Black Lives and other communities of color in solidarity for their liberation and to achieve racial justice for all.

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