CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities

Award Recipients - 2000

Jane Sung-EE Bai, Hyun Lee, Ai-Jen Poo, Eric Tang, Staff Organizers

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities (also known as Committee Against Anti Asian Violence) was founded by Asian women in 1986 as one of the first organizations in the United States to mobilize Asian communities to counter anti-Asian violence.  CAAAV focuses on institutional violence that affects immigrant working-class communities such as worker exploitation, concentrated urban poverty, police brutality, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detention and deportation, and criminalization of workers and youth.  By organizing across diverse, low-wage and poor Asian communities in New York City, CAAAV exposes and struggles against violence with the goal of building community capacity to exercise self-determination.  Building coalitions enables CAAAV to contribute to a unified strategy for a broader, multi-racial and multi-issue movement for social change.  CAAAV is a volunteer-driven organization led by members of low-income Asian immigrant communities.  
CAAAV’s primary program areas include the Chinatown Justice Project uniting low-income residents for decent and affordable housing and fighting displacement caused by gentrification.  The Women Workers Project organizes Asian workers in the informal service economy, particularly domestic workers who face long hours, low wages, no job security or health benefits.  The Southeast Asian Youth Leadership Project in the Bronx organizes around welfare, public education and INS detention issues.  CAAAV is a co-founder of the Coalition against Police Brutality and has advocated for over 250 police brutality survivors.

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