Yesterday on Thurs, July 30th, YWCA of Queens Board Member Chong Won Kim attended an event supporting comfort women at Queensborough Community College. The theme of the event was “We Will Not Be Silenced” in honor of the Korean comfort women who were used as sexual slaves by the Japanese military and have yet to receive an apology from the Japanese government. Board Member Kim also served as the moderator for last month’s comfort women event which was held here at the YWCA of Queens. We’re proud that she continues to take a stand for comfort women.
Yesterday on July 23rd, 2015, we held an event titled “Sex & Labor Trafficking in NYC: Modern Slavery Hidden in Plain Sight” to raise awareness of the fact that Queens is a hub for human trafficking. The event included a panel discussion with leaders Jimmy Lee, Executive Director of Restore NYC, Mary Caparas, Project Free Manager at the NY Asian Women’s Center, and Rita Abadi, Clinician and Operations Manager at the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program.
The panel highlighted how human trafficking is not the typical “kidnapped and chained” scenario that we’ve come to associate with “slavery.” Many survivors of trafficking are either coerced and/or tricked with empty promises; this includes women and men who are prostituted as well as those who are forced into labor. While many victims feel that they have no options, there are a number of community-based organizations in NYC that have been founded specifically to solve this problem.
After the panel, facilitators from the NY Asian Women’s Center conducted workshops in English, Chinese, and Korean. The purpose of this portion was to reach immigrants in the community with limited English proficiency.
This coming Thurs, July 23rd is our free community event Sex & Labor Trafficking in NYC: Modern Slavery Hidden in Plain Sight. The event will feature a panel discussion with Jimmy Lee, Executive Director of Restore NYC, Mary Caparas, Project Free Manager at the New York Asian Women’s Center, and Rita Abadi, Clinician and Operations Manager at Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention (SAVI) program.
Please join us for this interesting and informative event!
Every other Thursday, we host a dinner+movie event for our seniors. For the past 4 months, we’ve managed to hold this event consistently. Today we celebrated the 10th consecutive movie night!
This afternoon, over 80 people attended our event The Big Picture of Comfort Women, supporting those who were drafted for military sexual slavery by Japan during the WWII era. The event featured a showing of the documentary The Big Picture, a presentation by Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) Staff Attorney Chejin Park, and other honored guests, including high school activists Soo Yeon Kim and Hong Ju Choi.