History: The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization, aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City. CACF was founded in 1986 by a group of concerned social service providers, and initially run as a volunteer operation. CACF incorporated in 1992 and hired its first executive director in 1995. CACF advocates on behalf of underserved families, especially immigrants struggling with poverty and limited English skills, and promotes better policies, funding, and services through policy advocacy, youth leadership, parent education and mobilizing, coalition building, and action research. It works with diverse organizations, with a membership of over 35 organizations including Chinese-American Planning Council, New York Asian Women’s Center, Sakhi for South Asian Women, and University Settlement, and with partnership organizations, such as Citizens’ Committee for Children, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and United Neighborhood Houses to advocate for Asian Pacific American issues on a local, state and national level. CACF has published numerous reports identifying the needs facing Asian Pacific American families and proposing recommendations to address the needs to elected officials, city agencies, and service providers, as well as directories documenting the resources available to them. Today, CACF is still the only organization of its kind in the nation to advocate for the rights of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander children and families. Read more
History: The Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) is decidated to combating discimination against people with HIV/AIDS, preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and providing care and treatment for Asian and Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS. The organization’s main programs compose of medical services (including primary care, specialty HIV care, and comprehensive sexual heath services), STD screening and HIV testing, support services for people living with HIV/AIDS (including bilingual case management, acupuncture, emergency financial assistance, care coordination, and food and nutrition services), HIV prevention (in the form of educational sessions for groups or individuals, outreach, and peer education), an LGBT program (which includes the Men’s Project, EquAsian, and Project Connect), the Women’s Program, and an Infoline. Currently, APICHA serves over 262 people living with HIV or AIDS, providing cultural specific support in many Asian languages.