NAPAWFNational Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (Washington, DC)
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"To me, it felt like crossing a line when she couldn't even stand up and speak out about what was going on in Charlottesville," Sung Yeon Choimorrow, NAPAWF's executive director told the ( Huffington Post .
In a recent op-ed explaining their opposition to PRENDA, the executive directors of NAPAWF and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health wrote: "Immigrant women already face numerous barriers to accessing health care of any kind, including reproductive health care and abortion, and this ban would make an already difficult situation far worse." (17)
MPA, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), Dec 6, 2011, Washington, DC: NAPAWF, <>, accessed May 1, 2012.
NAPAWF began to focus on this issue after receiving phone calls from distraught workers who experienced spontaneous miscarriages and had trouble conceiving.
In partnership with Women's Voices for the Earth and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, NAPAWF co-leads the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance.
To learn more about NAPAWF's work to improve nail salon workers' health, visit
Upon graduating from American University, Washington College of Law, where I was one of ten Public Interest/Public Service scholars, I received a Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy fellowship to work at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF).
Inspired by women of color organizations that have long mobilized around reproductive justice, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) has developed a national action agenda on APA women's sexual and reproductive health care issues.
NAPAWF's eight priorities include: providing access to health care for all APAs; promoting linguistic and cultural competence in health and human services; demanding the collection of community-relevant sexual and reproductive health data and research; protecting and expanding sexual and reproductive rights; eliminating all forms of violence against women; increasing comprehensive sexuality education; linking women's reproductive health to environmental justice; and ending gender discrimination and the promotion of sex selection technologies.
By promoting this broad sexual and reproductive justice framework, NAPAWF seeks to broaden the pro-choice framework beyond the constitutional right to access abortion and provide APA women with real choices in their sexual and reproductive health care decisions.
To learn more about these issues, get involved in the advocacy efforts, or to receive a copy of Reclaiming Choice Broadening the Movement: Sexual and Reproductive Justice and Asian Pacific American Women A National Agenda or Action, please visit NAPAWF's website: