Gender-Based Violence, Trauma & Today’s Immigration Policies


July 25


05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

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Co-organizers Sakhi for South Asian Women, VIP Mujeres & WomanKind


White & Case LLP

1221 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

New York, NY, US, 10020

Please join us for a panel discussion in response to the recent news regarding Attorney General Sessions’ decision on domestic violence survivors seeking asylum, the families separated at the border, and the Muslim Ban. This is the second in a two part response organized by three leading women’s rights organizations fighting to end gender-based violence in New York City – Sakhi for South Asian Women, VIP Mujeres, and WomanKind.

Shumita Basu, host, producer and reporter at WNYC, will moderate a panel of experts from diverse professional backgrounds, including immigration law, mental health, grassroots advocacy, and philanthropy. We will explore the legal implications of Attorney General Sessions’ decision, the impact of trauma on immigrants, and how gender-based violence and intimate partner violence factors in.

Additionaly the NYC Commission on Human Rights will have a table with information on resources and protections under the law for survivors of domestic violence.


  • Shumita Basu  – Host, producer and reporter in the WNYC newsroom


  • Carmen Maria Rey, JD – Lawyer and Acting Director, Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families

  • Jennifer Ching, JD – Executive Director of North Star Fund and passionate advocate for social justice with a deep breadth of experience as a lawyer, non-profit leader, teacher and organizer. 

  • Kazi Fouzia –  Director of Organizing at DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving) 

  • Jessica Li –  Coach, consultant,  trainer, and advocate with 10+ years working with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors

  • Sarah Sayeed, PHD – Senior Advisor to the NYC Mayor’s Office – Community Affairs with a focus on expanding its outreach to the City’s Muslim community, bringing local insight on matters pertaining to City policy, ensuring services are culturally-appropriate and accessible to all New Yorkers, and informing the way City leadership and Agencies conduct outreach and service delivery for Muslim communities.