NAPAWF currently has five priority program areas, which are inspired and informed by our chapters and our individual members across the country.

Anti-Human Trafficking

API women represent the largest segment of persons trafficked into the United States, which makes it crucial that Asian and Pacific Islander women and activists are included in long-term strategies that address the issue of human trafficking. NAPAWF is shaping an inclusive, national dialogue on human trafficking that embraces a human rights framework and is grounded in addressing the root causes of violence and exploitation.

» Learn more about anti-human trafficking.

Immigrant Rights

Immigrant women are more likely than U.S. born women to live in poverty, be unemployed and lack health insurance. NAPAWF believes that a race and gender analysis is critical to the development of fair and just immigration reform and immigration-related policies. As policy makers and advocates continue to push for reforms to the U.S. immigration system, few have considered the impact these policies may have on immigrant women. Accordingly, NAPAWF is committed advocating for the rights immigrant of immigrant API women.

» Learn more about how NAPAWF works to promote immigrant rights

» Take Action! Fill out NAPAWF’s immigrant community survey or host a screening of the Emmy Award winning documentary Made in LA.

Reproductive Justice

The sexual and reproductive lives of API women and girls matter. Yet, on both the local and national level, the needs of API women have largely been ignored.  To that end, NAPAWF advocates for policy changes to a broad range of sexual and reproductive justice issues that impact the lives of API women and girls, and works to educate our members, policymakers and the public on these issues. NAPAWF is inserting API women and girls into the national dialogue about health care, reproductive health, healthy work environments and sex selection.

» Learn more about the HPV vaccination mandate for immigrant women and girls; nail salon workers and the toxic environment they work in, sex selection and why it’s a wedge issue, or why health care reform matters to our communities.

» Take Action! Sign our HPV petition or send us your Health Care Story!

Young Women’s Leadership Development

NAPAWF is committed to cultivating the next generation of API women leaders and activists through empowerment, leadership development and skills building.

» Learn more about our groundbreaking CYWC program and these powerful young women leaders!

Coalition Building

As a multi-issue organization, cross-movement building and coalition work are crucial to achieving our goal to advance social justice for API women and girls.  Thus, NAPAWF both leads and participates in a number of coalitions and partnerships that focus on issues ranging from nail salon worker health and safety to immigrant women’s rights.  NAPAWF believes that cross-movement and coalition building strategies represent an intersectional approach to addressing the challenges faced by API women and girls.

» Learn more about how the Healthy Nail Salon Coalition works at the intersection of reproductive and environmental justice! Or how immigration policies impact reproductive health at the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights.

In addition to our core program areas, NAPAWF also monitors other human rights and social justice issues that affect API women and girls. To learn more, visit our Archives section.