Our Impact

At Sakhi, we go beyond breaking the silence surrounding gender-based violence. We are fighters—we work tirelessly to promote the happiness, safety, and stability of survivors to strengthen our community.

At Sakhi, we work to ensure that our community has access to the material and emotional resources and support that are needed to both prevent and respond to violence.

In 2021, this commitment manifested in numerous ways, including but not limited to:

  • Our trauma-informed solidarity grants
  • Flexible and responsive training and programmatic efforts, as evidenced in the measures we have taken to restructure Sakhi’s Food Justice Program and develop our ESL, digital skills, and financial literacy classes
  • The inclusion of significant rental assistance funding within our Housing Program, which helps survivors leave behind abusive situations without the existential fear of losing shelter or other forms of stability
  • A new, robust youth mental health counseling program that amplifies the impact of our existing Youth Program via individual and group sessions
  • An expanded helpline, which is now a volunteer program led by a new dedicated team member
  • $10 million in state funding for AAPI organizations in New York that are working to prevent violence, and another $3 million in state funding for the disaggregation of AAPI data, which Sakhi secured following months of advocacy in collaboration with five other local organizations

These, as well as many more service changes oriented toward survivors’ needs at all stages of healing, are key components of our long-term strategy for moving beyond crisis recovery and toward sustained well-being.

Take a look at our Annual Report to learn more about the impact we made in 2021.

Read the 2021 annual report

2021 Highlights

We Built Power with Survivors

In 2021, we organized with Nepali survivors in Queens to spread awareness of gender-based violence and the resources available to address it in New York. We also managed our first transnational case, in which our AVP Advocates located and safely returned the abducted children of a survivor.

With Sakhi’s case planning and referrals, I’ve moved to a safe shelter and my attorney has filed a request in family court to require my husband to return my children back to the U.S. from Pakistan…I’ve recently even started learning more about New York City and even commuted around for the first time!

We Renewed Our Sense of Sanctuary

A record number of survivors received counseling services from Sakhi, precipitating the creation of a waitlist. Across our programs, we sought to create  more opportunities for survivors to foster connection with one another. We created an elder survivor support group, a legal support group, EE Connections, and the Jamghat, for Nepali survivors.

A support group member reflected: “Today I am happy. I am not happy because I am rich or young, but because I am able to have people around me that I call sisters [other group members]. For 17 years I wondered if all I experienced was my fault. Connecting with you all showed me how wrong I was.”

We Healed Through Creative Expression

We developed a summer program for South Asian youth aged 13-18: the Community Mobilization Arts Practicum. The Practicum, developed in tandem with the Queens Museum’s Year of Uncertainty program, culminated in a final exhibition of the seven young artists-participants’ politically-charged works.

My piece … shows Mount Rushmore. I encourage people to look at my art piece, think about my art piece, and act literally on my art piece, by writing their thoughts on sticky labels, and then sticking it on a frame … that will eventually hide the painting completely from view … showing a dissolving of this nationalistic sense that the federal government has that’s white nationalist, male-centered, male-dominant.

We Invested in a Violence-Free NYC

Housing Program Manager, Pria Sibal, expanded the depth of our Housing Program, which supports survivors with full rent for up to two years in an apartment of their choice in a location that is safe and accessible. In just seven months, we enrolled fifty survivors in housing.

I deserve to move to a safe place and live a free and happy life. I did not want police involvement but needed guidance on what to do with my physical safety and mental well being. My college counselor called Sakhi’s helpline for support, and they’ve since connected me with a shelter, helped me cover moving expenses, and identified additional NYC resources for me to access.

Sakhi’s Impact Through the Years

For over three decades, we have striven to improve our communities by creating safety, sanctuary, healing, and liberation for all.

Take a look at our impact through the years to learn more about what we’ve accomplished with and for New York.