NAPIESV Director:  Nina Jusuf,

Nina has been involved in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault issues since 1992. She started as a volunteer and several years later held the Executive Director position of a Rape Crisis Center in San Francisco. 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. After experiencing burnout and watching other sisters leave the movement due to exhaustion, she started learning and practicing trauma based wellness techniques. She has been trained and mentored as a trainer by the Capacitar International training team and has facilitated sustaining activism and security workshops for Women Human Rights Defenders and nongovernmental organizations’ staff globally: USA, Regional Asia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Serbia and the Balkans. Currently Nina is an advisor for Global Fund for Women, Urgent Action Fund, Capacitar International, Board member of a Youth LBT organization in Indonesia, and the Project Director of the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV).

Monsoon Director:  Mira Yusef,

Mira Yusef is the executive director of Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is also one of the founders and one of the staff of the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). In addition, she serves on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) National Advisory Council. Mira has a Master’s in Social Work, with specialization in Community Organizing, and a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mira was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, 2004-2005, to pursue research in the Philippines on Muslim Filipinas employed as domestic workers in the Middle East. She was also awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Fellowship in 2006 to study the Indonesian and Malay languages as well as conduct field research in Malaysia and Philippines. Mira can be reached at or at

NAPIESV Program Associate: Mylene Cahambing,

Maayo pag-abot. Tuloy po kayo. Welcome.
Mylene nurtured many in her 6+ years as a Pediatric Registered Nurse at Children’s Hospital Oakland and 8+years as a Public Health Nurse (PHN) Case Manager in which she managed the specialty care for the most medically vulnerable populations, inclusive of tracking, case management, care coordination, health promotion, education, and resource sharing. Mylene has worked in these various programs:

1) Field PHN for high-risk pregnant clients and their newborns in the red zones of Oakland, San Leandro, CA in the Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Program (IPOP)
2) Foster Care PHN in the Dependency Investigation Unit of a local Child Protective Services Agency in the Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC); Mylene provided technical assistance on the development of a complicated database called the Health Education Passport;
3) Probation (the 2nd) PHN to case manage recently-released incarcerated youth via the Transition Center, a new pilot multi-disciplinary discharge center in a local juvenile detention center;
4) Field PHN visiting indigent and/or homeless clients in local county shelters
5) PHN Case Manager of 400+ case load of medically fragile clients including newborns, children and young adults via the California Children Services Program.

Mylene also held volunteer leadership roles as former Co-Vice Chair of a local Bay Area Deputy Director’s Foster Care PHN Committee as a member of HCPCFC in Northern California, and a former member of a PHN Professional Standards and Performance Committee. Mylene enjoys teaching Community Health Nursing to 1st year Nursing students at University of San Francisco and California State University East Bay.  Mylene continues to be an advocate and improve service delivery for underserved populations and knows about burnout in a complex ‘healthcare’ system, thus, her passion is focusing on wellness and continues to learn about being a CA-Certified Rape Crisis Counselor (via SFWAR).  ‘Auntie Leng Leng’, as she is known to many, is a Co-Founder/Vision Holder/Blogger/Coordinator of Balik sa Dagat Bangka Journey (BSDBJ), an all-volunteer canoe-community-building dream project, in which, it is an honor to be part of the NAPIESV 2014 Curriculum Collaborative in developing the “Peace Bangka, Peace Canoe” BSDBJ’s creative healing strategies. Along with the bangka (canoe) family, Mylene coordinates and conducts numerous cultural community workshops.  Other hobbies include learning indigenous Kalinga weaving with a traditional single back-strap loom and as a volunteer Co-Host for KPFA’s Roots Kommunication Radio annual production, Pilipino, Our Story and Radyo Kalayaan.