Most people don’t realize that gender-based violence is a problem in the Asian/AAPI community. After working on first-hand cases, Eileen Dong has identified two main reasons that this problem goes unrecognized. First, law enforcement, prosecutors, and social workers are not properly trained on identifying victims, cultural competency, and trauma-informed linguistic care in culturally specific communities. Second, members of the Asian community who are victims may not report or even realize that they are victims.
After speaking at conferences, Ms. Dong is always urged by justice system officials, lawyers, and social workers to represent these unrepresented communities. Today, Eileen is the prominent lived-experience Asian-American woman leading inclusive, equitable, evidence-based, and data-driven policymaking, as well as bridging the gap on survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally and linguistically sensitive care through education, innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration. “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together" – Martha Goedert
Ms. Dong has spoken at various events advocating for legislation, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's press conferences on HR 30, the Stop Human Trafficking in School Zones Act. Dong has provided consultation on and endorsed the UN's Declaration of Human Rights by the American Youth. Her advocacy efforts have also led to the successful passage of legislation such as TX SB 49, resulting in significant increases in crime victims’ compensation from $1,800 to $5,000 and the approval of funding for the first trauma recovery center in Texas.
In Dong's words, “I may not see the flowers blossom. But I am the one who has planted the seeds and am watering the seeds now. I hope to see a cultural shift in generations to come for victims from culturally specific communities to speak out, and eventually a world free from violence, exploitation, and slavery.”
“Eileen Dong is not only a survivor sister, but also a woman who has taken her trauma and transformed it into creative action, hope and healing for others. She has proactively become the change she wants to see in the world. I am honored to advocate for the work she is doing to raise consciousness about the horror of human trafficking, sexual assault and violence against women. I am privileged to be part of her circle of global transformational hope and healing movement. We are stronger together.”
- Victoria Valentino, Cosby Survivor & Playboy Icon, Author & Advocate
"Eileen delivered the best speech that our audience has ever seen so far. She was full of energy. Her mind-altering knowledge and passion helped set the stage to a really successful event."
- Joe Molina, CEO, National Veterans Chamber
"Thank you so much 🙏🙏🙏 You are an inspiration 🙏🙏🧿🧿❤❤ Thank you so much. God be with you always in this journey to save kids and make them strong like you. 🙏🙏🙏"
- Charmi Mishra
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