On October 21, at the 308at156 Art Gallery of Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP, AABANY teamed up with KALAGNY to host a networking benefit for the New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC). A 33-year-old organization that supports women and families, NYAWC provides multi-lingual support programs for families from all cultural backgrounds offering shelter services, job training, and counseling. We were joined this evening by supporters, friends, and early pioneers of the program.

Many representatives shared the wonderful work and support done by NYAWC for victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking. Among the speakers that evening were the Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Term, 1st Department, and a Founding Member of NYAWC, who shared stories of personally picking up survivors in her own car and bringing them to a safe place. Even though organizations like NYAWC can provide support for victims, the stigma and struggle for those looking to reclaim independence are real.

Attendees could make donations to NYAWC or donate their gently used interview-ready handbags. They were also encouraged to donate their time to serve this population in need. To learn more about helping NYAWC, visit their website. For AABANY members interested in helping to provide immigrant victims of domestic abuse or other violent crimes, contact our Government Service & Public Interest and Pro Bono & Community Service Committees to learn about their U-Visa Initiative and get involved

Thank you to NYAWC for their invaluable support in rebuilding the lives of the people who need it most. Thank you to Eve Guillergan and Gloria Koo for leading this networking event, AABANY Women’s Committee Co-Chair for organizing, and KALAGNY for partnering, Lee Anav for hosting, and all those who attended. Thank you to Michelle Lee for donating her Infinitely Elegant Jewelry and proceeds to NYAWC. 

Tweets from the event below.