[NQAPIA is hosting this statement in support of Queers for Justice in India. For any press inquiries, please contact Tara Gonsalves (email@example.com).]
LGBTQ Indians Pressure Apple, Google, and Facebook to #ChallengeModi this Weekend on Homophobic Law
LGBTQ Indian Americans and their allies are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to challenge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to overturn India’s homophobic Victorian-era law when Modi visits Silicon Valley this weekend. A petition asking these CEOs, previously vocal supporters of LGBTQ rights in the United States, to #ChallengeModi on his institutionalized homophobia has gathered nearly one thousand signatures. On the afternoon of Sunday September 27, over one thousand people are expected to protest Modi’s human rights record in San Jose, California.
Facebook, Apple, and Google claim to be LGBTQ-friendly. Cook, a global LGBTQ role model, said he would challenge anti-LGBTQ legislation “wherever it emerges.” Zuckerberg describes Facebook as “a proud supporter of Pride,” and sports a rainbow-colored profile photo. All three companies have challenged DOMA, supported marriage equality, and provided benefits for LGBTQ employees before they were legally mandated to do so.
However, these same CEOs are now turning their backs on LGBTQ Indians, as well as their own LGBTQ employees and allies, by welcoming the controversial Indian politician, previously banned from the United States for complicity with genocide, and now refusing to take a position on Section 377, the homophobic 1860 law imposed on India by British colonizers.
Repressive laws take a toll on individuals. Sundar, a gay Indian man working in Silicon Valley, says that “due to progressive workplace policies in the valley I can be my authentic self at work. Back home in India, in contrast, the specter of 377 looms over me, my friends, and my family. We constantly fear the threat of harassment, blackmail and extortion. I hope that Silicon Valley stands up for the rights of their Indian LGBTQ employees and that PM Modi takes a stand to end the Victorian-era British law that criminalizes tens of millions of LGBTQ Indians.”
“India’s Penal Code 377 provides an avenue for harassment, extortion, and abuse of LGBTQ Indians,” says Monica Davis, Queer South Asian activist and former Trikone Chairwoman, the San Francisco Bay Area’s South Asian LGBTQ advocacy group. “If Google, Facebook, and Apple were supportive of LGBTQ rights during San Francisco Pride, they should also demonstrate support now.” Adds Suhas, Outreach Director at Trikone, “I would like to appeal to Prime Minister Modi to follow Nepal’s footsteps in including LGBTQ rights in the constitution.”
When human rights violators come to visit, we call on the CEOs of Apple, Google, and Facebook, who wield enormous influence in the global political economy, to take a stand for global LGBTQ rights. To sign the petition, visit www.ChallengeModi.com.
RiseUp! NQAPIA Week of Action on Immigration
4-5 p.m. EDT/1-2 p.m. PDT
Join us for a twitter chat during our Week of Action on issues impacting LGBT AAPI immigrants & our allies, including profiling, detention, deportation, DACA/DAPA, the executive action, and more.
Tweet under #RiseUpNQAPIA to join in!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
National Call was on Monday, April 13th
A mp3 of the recording will be available asap.
For information please email email@example.com
Transgender Law Center (TLC)
Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Together, as NQAPIA, we’ve made great accomplishments working for immigrant rights. We advocated for CIR while pushing for administrative reform. After years of pressure from the immigrant rights movement, in November 2014, the President announced his Executive Order for administrative relief, which included deferred action programs for childhood arrivals and parents of legal residents and changes in the visa programs. NQAPIA submitted comments for the Visa Modernization Task Force to expand visa programs and started educating our community on who qualifies for relief.
Even with this victory, we knew we had work to do. Many LGBTQ communities and those with criminal convictions were left out. We started to push President Obama to create a more inclusive action. In February, things took a turn for the worse. Immigration opposition groups filed for an injunction that put the expanded deferred action from deportation program on hold. NOW, the administration is using its Priority Enforcement Program to launch massive attacks on immigrant communities—profiling, detaining, and deporting thousands of individuals while Congress pushes for the more deportations
NQAPIA continues to work for expanded visas, protection of asylum seekers, and inclusion of LGBTQ communities in administrative relief. For RISE UP! NQAPIA Week of Action on Immigration we concentrate our efforts!
- Educate the community on administrative relief. Defend the expanded programs and help those who qualify for current relief apply. Prepare those who qualify for expanded programs so they can apply after the delay.
- Fight to end racial profiling, detention of vulnerable communities and the deportation of all our communities.
RISE UP! April 12th-18th, 2015 Join NQAPIA to end profiling, detention, and deportation
The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program is available. Help people apply for DACA now, and educate people on how to prepare for the upcoming expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs. Our Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian communities have the lowest enrollment rates in comparison to those who qualify for the current DACA program. Most of our community members just don’t know. Help us raise awareness by hosting an event!
It’s easy: get your board, gather a few volunteers, ask from friends to join and call your members, friends, and family. We’ll help you create a list of people to call and provide a sample phone script. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Work with a local legal clinic to hold short consultation sessions. Help your community understand if they benefit from the new programs or visa changes. Contact email@example.com if you need help contacting a legal clinic.
Find speakers, read stories or watch videos of queer AAPI individuals who fought for DACA.
Provide space for communities to dialogue about issues of race, gender, queerness, and immigration. Focus on racial and religious profiling, detention, and deportation–and take action to pressure the federal government to change their ways. Hosting a conversation can be the perfect way to grow community support for the issues, while providing an interactive and welcoming educational opportunity.
Tips for Hosting a Conversation (includes a sample agenda)
NQAPIA Sign-In Sheet
NQAPIA Racial Profiling Fact Sheet
Racial Profiling Fact Sheet (pdf)
NQAPIA Immigration Detention Fact Sheet
Immigration Detention Fact Sheet (pdf)
NQAPIA & SEAFN No Deportation Fact Sheet
No Deportation Fact Sheet (pdf)
LGBT AAPI Immigration Infographic (png)
Deportation & AAPI Communities Infographic (png)
LGBT AAPI Immigrants & Detention Infographic (png)
Sign up here to help with advocacy and/or to take direct action for immigration & to stop profiling, detention, and deportation. In coming months, we will be advocating for reforms and joining hands with our broader immigrant communities to take direct action. JOIN US!
NQAPIA Rise Up! Social Media Specifics
Documented a film by undocumented Americans
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child, his journey through America as an immigration reform activist, and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in-person in over 20 years. NQAPIA has a Public Performance License. The film includes a discussion curriculum. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and give us at least one week to send you a DVD.
This curriculum was created by the Queer South Asian National Network and is an excellent facilitation guide to talk about race, anti-blackness in our communities, and immigration. It can be adapted for other API and immigrant communities.
Download the petition to Ask President Obama to End Racial and Religious Profiling, Detention & Deportation for your event
Expand Deferred Action for Families of All Shapes and Sizes
The recent executive action on immigration taken by President Obama came as a result of tremendous effort by affected communities. More than four million undocumented people will be eligible for relief but the way it is structured disproportionately excludes LGBTQ people.
The President was not limited by law in the scope of his action. In fact, it was politics that guided his pen, as he calculated the safest level of risk, when what was needed was for him to show unflinching leadership to enact common sense reform. By expanding protection from deportation only to childhood arrivals and biological parents of U.S. citizen children and legal permanent residents the immigration action disproportionately excludes LGBTQ people.
Limiting those who deserve to live without fear only to childhood arrivals or biological parents of US Citizens (and legal permanent resident children) is an error that must be corrected.
Further, the executive action only recognizes certain types of families. Biological parenthood is not and should not be privileged as the sole relation that defines ties to this country. Undocumented LGBTQ people, through loving ties and chosen family, weave together relationships that should be honored, and community that makes up the fabric of this country too.
Millions have finally been provided relief. But millions more have still been excluded.
The original DACA program from 2012 is still accepting applications. Although the expanded DACA and DAPA programs are currently delayed by legal challenges, we expect these programs to will prevail through the courts.
What is DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) & DEFERRED ACTION FOR PARENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY (DAPA)?
Administered by USCIS, DACA provides temporary relief from deportation for certain people brought to the United States as minors. It allows individuals who qualify to stay in the U.S. and obtain a work permit. DACA is granted on a case-by-case basis and does not provide a path to lawful permanent residence or U.S. citizenship. The DACA program was expanded by the November 20th announcement but the revisions are not yet in place. Check www.uscis.gov for updates.
Eights guidelines to qualify for the DACA program:
- Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. The expanded DACA program will eliminate the age ceiling.
- At least 15 years of age at the time of application or in removal proceedings.
- Entered the United States before the age of 16.
- Continuously resided in the United States (U.S.) since June 15, 2007 to the present time. The expanded DACA will change this date to January 1, 2010.
- Physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and at the time of applying for DACA.
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012.
- Either currently in school, graduated from high school, completed a GED or equivalent, or a veteran honorably discharged.
- Not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
In coming months, work visas will be extended from two to three years. Current DACA recipients should check with USCIS about how these changes will impact them. DACA recipients must reapply every two years. Recipients should start the process between 120-150 days before expiration.
Find videos about DACA in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Thai as well as receive legal advice in these languages at Asian American’s Advancing Justice and guides in Bengali, Urdu, and Hindi at South Asian Americans Leading Together.
Apply for DACA
To apply for DACA or renew DACA, visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.
If you need legal assistance in applying for DACA, explore NQAPIA’s legal resources.
Many LGBT young people, who were undocumented, have benefited from the DACA program and have gained legal status and work authorization.
DEFERRED ACTION FOR PARENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY (DAPA)
The Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), administered by USCIS, provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). DAPA lasts for three years and is not yet accepting applicantions.
- Have a U.S. citizen or LPR son or daughter (by blood or adoption) as of November 20, 2014
- Continuously resided in the United States since before January 1, 2010
- Physically present in the United States on November 20, 2014, and at the time of applying
- Have no lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014
- No criminal convictions (including a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors), no gang involvement or terrorism, not a recent unlawful entrants, and others
- Pass a background check that includes a criminal and immigration background check
Check www.uscis.gov to confirm start dates and the application process.
Now, parents of LGBT people can benefit and gain legal status.
How do I prepare?
- Save money (at least $465 for the application fee).
- Get proof of identity such as a government-issued passport, birth certificate or ID card.
- Gather proof of relationship to U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) son or daughter.
- Gather proof of how long you have been in the U.S.
- Gather any criminal records.
- If you have a criminal conviction, check with an attorney to expunge, vacate, or modify this conviction.
- If you have a prior deportation or removal order, check with an attorney.
- Stay informed and know your rights!
For more information go to http://nilc.org/toptenwaystoprep.html.
Where can I find assistance to apply?
If you are in need of legal assistance, view NQAPIA’s list of legal resources that are free or low-cost. The specific groups listed here have not been vetted by NQAPIA to be queer friendly. Be sure to seek assistance from trusted clinics, and be aware of scams.
If you need help finding assistance, fill out NQAPIA’s DACA intake form, and we will help match you with free legal assistance.
NQAPIA Executive Director
Commensurate with professional experience
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) seeks an Organizer who will engage NQAPIA’s alliance of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations and mobilize the community on variety of efforts, including immigrants’ rights, increasing LGBTQ AAPI visibility, and coordinating and recruiting for trainings, conferences, and leadership Summits. (Exact title may be changed depending on experience.)
The ideal candidate should be a strong team player with a strong interest/background in grassroots organizing, community mobilization, immigration, social justice, and AAPI and LGBTQ issues to further support our programming and local and national field actions.
The National Queer Asian Pacific IslanderAlliance is a federation of LGBTQ AAPI organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPIgroups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.
Membership Engagement and Leadership Development: Build relationships with local AAPI LGBTQ organizations. Encourage and support local advocacy and mobilization around immigrants’ rights and social justice. Promote leadership development through NQAPIA trainings at Leadership Summits and conferences.
Immigration Advocacy: Maintain NQAPIA’s advocacy work on immigrants’ rights. Support local field activities, provide national coordination with to amplify collective voice around immigrants’ rights, and connect with policy advocates in Washington, DC. Attend monthly meetings of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).
Media: Support NQAPIA’s communications work to amplify messages in the media (news media, social media, etc.) around immigrants’ rights, issues affecting AAPI and LGBTQ communities, and LGBTQ AAPI visibility. Promote NQAPIA’s “Uncovering Our Stories” campaign to highlight AAPI LGBTQ immigration issues.
Skills and Experience
Organizing Experience: At least 2-3 years of grassroots organizing experience (or related experience). Strong ability to cultivate individual relationships to inspire and support others to take action.
Leadership Development Skills: Strong ability to promote and train new leaders and facilitate meetings.
Strong Self-Starter: The ability to develop new ideas on how to accomplish goals and the wherewithal to get the work done.
Knowledge of Immigration: Working knowledge of immigration, immigration policy, and immigrant communities is helpful.
Knowledge of AAPI LGBTQ Communities: Relationships with AAPI LGBTQ organizations, leaders, and advocates is helpful. Knowledge of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and/ or Pacific Islander languages is not required, but definitely a plus.
Passion for Social Justice Work: Motivation to create change and dogged persistence will be critical to run a campaign with many moving pieces.
Comfortable with Technology and Virtual Communication: An ability to work with local partners across the country across different communications platforms (e.g., telephone, e-mail, social media).
Education and Training: A college degree or 4-5 years of commensurate experience in the field is required.
Salary is competitive and is dependent on skills and experience. Health insurance, vacation, and other benefits are included.
Submit a one-page cover letter describing your qualifications and a current resume to Glenn Magpantay at email@example.com with the subject line “NQAPIA Organizer.”
Applications due by Feb. 23, 2015 or until filled.
The Board of Directors of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is excited to announce that Glenn D. Magpantay is NQAPIA’s new Executive Director. Glenn has been with NQAPIA since the beginning, as one of the organization’s founders. Since 2009, he has served as NQAPIA’s Co-Director of Development.
As Co-Director, Glenn has grown NQAPIA over the years. He successfully garnered the resources and talented staff to build a new generation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander leaders, create a vibrant network of activists, build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, advance the rights and dignity of immigrants, and increase the visibility of LGBT AAPIs in the media.
Before joining NQAPIA full-time, Glenn had a long and distinguished career as a civil rights attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he worked to protect and promote the voting rights and political participation of Asian Americans. He continues to inspire new legal minds and future advocates by teaching Race & the Law at Brooklyn Law School and Asian American Civil Rights at Hunter College/ CUNY.
Bex Ahuja, co-chair of the Board said, “NQAPIA has experienced significant growth in recent years under Glenn’s leadership. In his new role as Executive Director, Glenn is strategically positioned to drive further expansion in our programming, impact and budget. He excels in relationship-building, is results-oriented and is also firmly committed to consensus decision-making and collective practices in the spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness. The Board is confident that he will drive NQAPIA towards continued success.”
Glenn said, “I could not be more proud and more excited. NQAPIA – as a federation of many local LGBT AAPI organizations – provides a new model of movement building work for the LGBT community, an intersectional analysis on racial justice and the LGBT rights agenda, and amore diverse face of the leaders of our communities.”
“At the same time, we must be vigilant. The community’s recent victory on immigration executive action must be preserved and expanded– we must avail ourselves of the new rights and continue to fight for those who were left out. Many local LGBT AAPI groups are still struggling to blend social activities with social change work and to be more inclusive of people of transgender experiences. And as AAPIs, we must commit ourselves to the larger movement for racial justice and always be in solidarity with all communities of color. Our members, volunteers, donors, and supporters are key to making this happen.”
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.
ANNOUNCEMENT TO NQAPIA FRIENDS, MEMBERS, STAKEHOLDERS
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has experienced exciting growth in the last three years. As part of our long-term strategic plan to ensure that our staff structure keeps pace with our expanding programs and budget, we are moving from a co-director leadership structure to having an Executive Director who will play the role of managing the growth and overall success of the organization.
NQAPIA currently has two full-time staff members (a co-director of development and a co-director of organizing) as well as several part-time staff and interns. Our co-directors share all responsibilities. As we grow, we envision hiring additional full-time staff to execute expanded programs. We believe that a single executive director can more efficiently handle the management and decision-making of a larger organization.
We also remain firmly committed as an organization to our anti-hierarchical practices, and we will continue to esteem the work of all of our staff and contributors regardless of the title of the person contributing and work with the spirit of collaboration, inclusiveness, and fair process.
We’re excited to accept applications from qualified applicants through December 1, 2014 and aim to have the new Executive Director begin in early 2015.
Stay tuned for updates and news about NQAPIA’s growth!
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: NQAPIA is hiring an Executive Director!
Applications due by December 1, 2014
NQAPIA Executive Director
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has experienced exciting growth in the last three years. To ensure that our staff structure keeps pace with our expanding programs and budget, we are moving from a co-director leadership structure to a single Executive Director in 2015. The Executive Director is responsible for supervising all staff, overseeing all programs and finances, being the public face of the organization, and acting as the primary liaison between the staff and the organization’s board of directors.
We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, members of South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander communities, as well as people who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, bisexual, lesbian, and gay.
NQAPIA is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. NQAPIA is an independent non-profit organization.
Maximize and sustain NQAPIA’s impact over time by:
• Driving NQAPIA towards success. Ensure NQAPIA is on track to grow into its strategic plan and goals. Manage programs, fundraising, and evaluation (including member engagement, convenings, conferences, fundraising events, and visibility).
• Collaborating with member groups, and NQAPIA staff and board to create strategic plans and goals, measures of success, and fundraising goals. Work closely with Board of Directors on organizational policy developments and long-term planning. Ensure targets and benchmarks for organizational strategic plan are met.
• Managing staff and consultants to achieve impact for the organization (including supporting, giving feedback, training, and coaching in organizing, public policy, communications)
• Increasing overall giving to NQAPIA by building and maintaining quality relationships with grassroots members, local organizations, donors and funders. Cultivate relationships with current funders to continue and increase support and prospecting new donors. Planning and overseeing annual regional fundraising events that brings communities together; developing a fundraising strategy that helps empower donors at all levels. Developing foundation funding proposals and final reports with broad input from member groups, staff, board members, and allies.
• Overseeing all finances and compliance: Work with bookkeeper and accountant to ensure overall organizational fiscal health. Develop annual organizational budget. Ensure nonprofit legal obligations, tax reporting, and financial accounting/audit are met on an annual basis.
• Serving as organizational spokesperson in the media, before stakeholders, and with allies. Communicate organizational victories and successes, assess how setbacks can be opportunities for learning and growth. Ensuring high-quality communication of NQAPIA’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities to members, media, and donors.
• Making sure things run smoothly! Managing overall organizational infrastructure and develop new systems to ensure operations flow and support staff, programs, and activities.
We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong fundraising and project management skills. You should have:
• Executive experience: At least 5 years of experience in organizational, staff, program management, preferably in the nonprofit arena and in grassroots organizations.
• Proven fundraising experience: Exceptional ability to manage and cultivate relationships with foundations, corporations, major donors, and small grassroots donors.
• Talent management experience: Strong ability to recruit, promote, train, and support talented staff.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Track record of being a strong self-starter and good self-awareness: ability to develop new ideas on how to accomplish goals and the wherewithal to get the work done. Ability to be introspective to grow and adjust to new circumstances or expectations.
• Keen understanding of AAPI LGBT communities, especially AAPI LGBT organizations, as well as knowledge of LGBT or/and AAPI leaders, allies, and advocates.
• Sensitivity and awareness of traditionally underrepresented groups and the needs confronting them, including but not limited to: South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, women, people of transgender experience, young people, immigrants, and persons with limited English proficiency.
• Passion for social justice work: Motivation to create change and dogged persistence to run a growing and dynamic national organization that runs campaigns with many moving pieces, develops local organizations and leaders, and advances critical programs.
• Knowledge of issue priorities: Familiarity with immigrants’ rights, organizational capacity development programs, LGBT rights, racial justice, and invisibility of racial minorities is helpful.
• Bilingual ability in an Asian language a plus.
• Position requires travel, some nights and weekends.
• Salary and Classification: Full-time non-exempt. Salary commensurate with experience. Health insurance, vacation, and other benefits are included.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a short writing sample (less than 2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. One PDF file that includes all required documents is preferred. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2014. The ideal candidate can start early in the first quarter of 2015.
NQAPIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC).
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise, in writing, of special needs at the time of application.
NOTE: INTERNAL CANDIDATES WILL BE GIVEN PREFERENCE.
NQAPIA is excited to announce the hiring of Pabitra Benjamin as NQAPIA’s new Organizing Director, focusing on immigrants’ rights. Pabitra will work directly with LGBT AAPI member groups across the country and other LGBT and AAPI national groups in Washington, DC. She will also help plan and recruit for NQAPIA’s National Conference in Chicago next summer, Aug 6-9, 2015.
Bex Ahuja, NQAPIA Board Co-chair said, “Pabitra will build on the excellent ground work that Ben de Guzman laid for NQAPIA since 2005 and will bring our work of supporting and convening local Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT groups to the next level. We’re so excited to have Pabitra join the NQAPIA team.”
With over fifteen years of community and national organizing experience in human and civil rights movement building, Pabitra has done extensive campaign work on LGBTQ equality, immigrants’ rights and against racial profiling. She has also guided and worked for a number of cross-sector and multi-issue based coalitions including the Rights Working Group. Pabitra enjoys working with local communities directly, managing teams to accomplish directed goals and visioning future possibilities to build a stronger, more inclusive, and healthier society founded on providing basic human rights to all people. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with majors in Political Science and Languages & Cultures of Asia and certificates in Women’s Studies and South Asian Studies. Pabitra attended the APIA summit at Creating Change in 2005 where NQAPIA first formalized its structure. She has watched NQAPIA grow throughout the years.
Upon hearing the news of Pabitra’s hire, Kabzuag Vaj from Freedom Inc. in Wisconsin said, “I’ve known Pabitra for over 15 years. When I met her in her first year of college she had already done so much in Madison to create change for Asians and Queer API folks. She was one of the few to speak for and stand up for LGBTQ youth issues at a time when no one was speaking up. She is so courageous. She is an organizer at heart and will strengthen NQAPIA’s connection to grassroots movement and organizations. I am excited to build with her and NQAPIA.”
Pabitra said, “I’m thrilled to be on staff serving NQAPIA members and working on immigration as it concerns the queer APIA community.” She will work alongside Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA’s Co-Director for Development. Stay tuned to hear from Pabitra about NQAPIA’s “LGBT AAPI National Week of Action for Immigrants’ Rights” next year.
Pabitra can be reached at pabitra_benjamin(at)nqapia(dot)org
NQAPIA thanks the Four Freedoms Fund and Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund for their support of NQAPIA’s immigrants’ rights work.
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