Imelda Buncab has worked on anti-violence against women since 1996 in providing direct services to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking; developing and implementing program outreach, local and national training and advocacy. Ms. Buncab is a trained advocate in human trafficking, sex crimes, and immigrant and refugee rights, she has participated in various committees such as the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking, San Diego Stop Human Trafficking and Slavery Speakers’ Bureau, and the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She has been a contributor to a number of anti-trafficking and sexual assault training manuals and is currently a national consultant/trainer in assisting organizations to build capacity in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to victims/survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking.
Emma Catague has been an advocate for victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking since 1990. Ms. Catague has worked nationally with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and SCESA(Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault) in providing national technical assistance to service providers on issue of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the API communities. Ms. Catague work as a trainer and consultant on cultural competency and community organizing. She is currently an advocate and case manager for victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking at the Asian/Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center in Seattle.
Nina Jusuf has been working on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault issue since 1992, starting as a hotline volunteer and held the Executive Director position of San Francisco Women against Rape for 5 years. After experiencing burnout and watched other sisters fall out of the movement due to burn out, she started learning and practicing wellness techniques. She has facilitated sustaining activism and security workshops with Capacitar body-mind- spirit practices for Women Human Rights Defenders and Non Governmental Organizations staff in the US, Indonesia, Timor Leste , Thailand, Turkey and the Balkans. Nina co‐founded a crisis center in Indonesia in 1997 and assisted Volunteer of Human Rights in Jakarta, Indonesia in setting up support for victims of mass rape after May 1998 riot.
Sopheak Tek works for Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assaault (SCESA) as the Program Manager. She has worked for over 8 years at the national level providing technical assistance to address issues of sexual assault in Communities of Color. Sopheak has a background in community organizing and has worked to organize women from Southeast Asian communities to respond to violence against women. Sopheak has worked at a statewide coalition addressing sexual assault and provided technical assistance to local rape crisis centers responding to underserved communities. Sopheak has also coordinated a statewide hotline and worked to increase the access to the statewide STOP grant process for agencies addressing sexual assault in the Asian community.
Mira Yusef is the co-founder and current executive director of Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa. She was a December 2007 recipient of a Masters in Social Work with specialization on Community Organizing and Masters of Arts on Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship from 2004-2005 to the Philippines to pursue a research on Muslim Filipina domestic workers working in Muslim households in the Middle East. Ms. Yusef was also a recipient of Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, Community-Based Initiative (CBI) Fellowship, and the Non-Profit and Public Management Support Awardees while attending University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for her master’s degree in Social Work and Southeast Asian Studies. She received the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Fellowship in 2006 to study Indonesian at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for one semester and to study Malaysian and to pursue her field research in Sabah, Malaysia for six months. Ms. Yusef finished her bachelor’s degree in History from Drake University in 2003.