Beckie Masaki, MSW, is the Social Justice + Community Building Director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a national resource center on gender violence in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Beckie has worked in the movement to end violence against women for thirty years. She co-founded one of the first VAW programs in the nation that could meet the language and cultural needs of Asian survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco, and served as the founding executive director for over twenty-one years. Beckie has extensive experience in providing multilingual, multicultural services to domestic violence and trafficking survivors and their children, innovative program development, prevention, community building, policy-making and institutional advocacy.
Beckie has provided peer-based training, technical assistance, consultation and facilitation to a wide range of grassroots groups on local, state, national and international levels. She collaborates as faculty for several movement building/ field building initiatives including the National Gender and Equity Campaign of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Advocacy Learning Center of Praxis International, Supporting Organizational Sustainability project of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, Strong Field Project and Building Cultural Competency Initiative of Blue Shield Against Violence. Beckie is on the advisory committee and in the pilot cohort for Move to End Violence, a ten-year initiative to strengthen our collective capacity to end violence against girls and women in the United States.
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center and clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Its goals are to strengthen advocacy, promote community organizing, and influence systems change. It identifies and addresses critical issues, provides technical assistance and training, conducts research, and engages in policy advocacy. It serves a national network of community-based-organizations; advocates and professionals in legal, health, mental health, and social services; government agencies; state coalitions; national domestic and sexual violence organizations; and activists from communities and social justice organizations working to eliminate violence against women.