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Asia-Pacific Center for Justice and Peace
110 Maryland Av. NE, Ste. 504
Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 543-1094
Fax: (202) 546-5103
Contact: Rachel Cornwell
Founded in 1995, the APCJP works with organizations in the Asia and Pacific regions to strive for political, social and economic justice. The Peace, Human Rights and Democracy Program focuses on key areas of ethnic and political conflict that are under-reported or misreported in the U.S. The mission of the program is to provide a link between grassroots organizations in the Asia Pacific and policymakers in Washington. Promotes the realization of the full range of rights, including economic justice, political freedom and genuine security, for the peoples of Asia and the Pacific. Organizational programs include: monitoring countries and issues, policy analysis, advocacy, constituency and public education, supporting people-to-people relationships and resourcing networks. Focuses on bothnational and regional issues. Informed by cooperative relationships with institutions and faith-based and grassroots people’s organizations in Asia, the Pacific, and the United States with whom they share basic principles and concerns.
#26 21st Place, West Bajac
Bajac, 2200 Olongapo City
Phone: (047) 223-5826
Fax: (047) 223-5826
Contact: Alma Bulawan, Executive Director
A non-government organization that provides to women: education, assistance with earning a livelihood, and information on prostitution and trafficking, as well as protection of children and women from violence. Established in 1997 as a drop-in center for women in prostitution near the former U.S. Subic Naval Base. Organization created jointly by a group of women who worked in clubs, Gabriela Commission on Violence Against Women, Mennonite Central Committee, and the Division of Family Ministries of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. Since the 1992 withdrawal of the U.S. Navy and the resulting decline of the sex and entertainment industry, Buklod (which means “bring together”) has worked to build and empower this community of women and children in the belief that prostitution violates women’s human rights. Seeks to raise the consciousness of and promote solidarity among the urban poor, and the street and bar women of Olongapo City and Subic Zambales. Focuses on the women of these populations, particularly the hardships faced by Amerasian children born from relationships between U.S. military personnel stationed in the Philippines and local women..
Claiming Justice: A Military Sexual Trauma Project
Claiming Justice is an organization founded by the women of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) to address issues of sexual harassment, assault, or rape that affect military women. The organization’s goals include providing advocacy for the affected service women; creating public awareness of the disturbing problem of sexual assault in the military; ensuring that service women and veterans receive the treatment they need for mental health disorders associated with military sexual trauma; making sure that all VA hospitals and centers have women-only clinics, staffed with trained professionals who can help victims of military sexual trauma accordingly; applying ample pressure to Congress and the military to promote necessary Equal Opportunity (EO) changes from within; and creating a forum for information for sexual assault victims.
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD)
P.O. Box 15195
San Diego, CA 92175
Phone: (760) 753-7518
Phone: (619) 265-1369
An organization working to challenge “the institution of the military, its effect on society, its budget, its role abroad and at home, and the racism, sexism and homophobia that are inherent in the armed forces and Selective Service System.” (http://comdsd.org/aboutus.htm)
Department Of Defense Federal Globe
P.O. Box 16784
San Diego, CA
This Organization fully supports the rights of the LGBT community in the Armed forces. They work in accordance with the LGBT community to combat the discrimination that continues to be inflicted on service members who either are perceived as or identify as gay or lesbian. Committed to repealing the policy Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, DOD FED GLOBE offers its web viewers updated news on legislation as well as networking options.
Durebang (My Sister’s Place)
Uijeongbu-si, South Korea 480-060
Provides advocacy and assistance for sex workers, former sex workers, and women who are living with U.S. soldiers in Korea. Their goal is to assist women in finding new hope and self-respect in order to build better lives for themselves.
Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES)
30 Grafton Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone: (415) 378-0909
An intergenerational organization that works for environmental justice within communities in the United States and in the Philippines, and builds partnerships through advocacy, education, service, and organizing.
Launched in February 2000, the Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity, formerly the Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solutions, originated as a growing movement of church, environmental, peace and justice groups, students, scientists, professionals, and other concerned citizens who are committed to seeking environmental justice for the communities affected by toxic contamination at former U.S. military bases in the Philippines.
After their third National Conference, FACES emerged a reinvigorated organization. Members decided to broaden their scope to address transnational issues of environmental justice that have an impact on Filipino communities in both the United States and the Philippines.
GABRIELA Network (GABNet), USA
A U.S.-based, multi-racial, women’s solidarity mass organization established in 1989. An all-volunteer organization of women with chapters in Chicago, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Portland, San Francisco/Bay Area, San Diego, and Washington, DC. They work with GABRIELA Philippines, a national alliance of more than 200 women’s organizations. The organization has a focus on issues that have an impact on women of Philippine ancestry but which have their roots in the decisions made in the United States. Provides the means by which Filipinas in the U.S. can empower themselves, functions as a training ground for women’s leadership, and articulates women’s points of view. GABNet affects change through organizing, educating, fundraising, networking, and advocacy (see also GABRIELA International, below).
#35 Scout Dalgado Street
Roxas District, Quezon City
P.O. Box 4386
Manila 22800, Philippines
Fax: (632) 9224-6901
A national alliance of more than 200 women’s organizations. They focus work on issues that have an impact on women of Philippine ancestry. (see GABRIELA Network, USA, above)
GI Rights Hotline: Military Discharges and Military Counseling
General Phone: 877-447-4487 (local numbers on website)
If you are an active duty service member, prospective military service member, veteran, or a family member of anyone in the preceding categories who would like to receive truthful and trustworthy information about military regulations and how such regulations are enforced, the GI Rights Hotline is a toll-free counseling resource available to you. Since 1994, the GI Rights Hotline has been dedicated to providing accurate and unbiased information from professional, civilian counselors, many of whom are veterans. As a team of professionals from across the United States and Germany, the counselors offer information and guidance on a variety of subjects, ranging from harassment to absences to medical and other forms of discharge.
As a non-profit organization, GI Rights Hotline is committed to providing accommodating services for their callers, where every conversation is not only confidential, but also, free of charge. Additionally, services are available in English and Spanish. Local counselors may be able to provide additional language services. For more information, please visit the GI Rights web site.
Military Rape Crisis Center
Stop Military Rape/Military Rape Crisis Center
Po Box 380697
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02238
Phone: 617-381-4795 (M-F, 9-4pm)
Facebook: Stop Military Rape on Facebook
MySpace: Stop Military Rape on MySpace
The Military Rape Crisis Center is a resource service that provides the largest support group for survivors of military sexual trauma in the country. Serving active duty service members and veterans, The Military Rape Crisis Center was started in 2006 by a veteran who had survived MST. Currently, their offices are only located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, however, their non-emergency services are accessible to individuals throughout the country. They provide services and support in legal and financial matters, VA claims, and discharges.
Military Sex Offender Registry
The Military Sex Offender Registry provides an index of military members who have been convicted of sexual crimes against women, men, and children. Although it is not an official government web site, it still succeeds in providing information found under the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, all the information provided derives from open to the public, court-based records. As a tribute to the deceased active duty women, who have been victimized by their fellow service members, this site includes a list of their names.
National Campaign to Eradicate Crime by U.S. Troops in Korea
3F Suk-gwang Building
112 Ewha-dong Chongro-gu,
Seoul, South Korea, 110-500
Phone: (82) 2-744-1211
Fax: (82) 236 73-2296
Contact: Yu Jin Jeong
Korean Website: http://usacrime.or.kr/
English Website: Link
Designed to research and investigate the crimes committed by U.S. troops against Korean citizens, eradicate such crimes, work for the revision of Status of Forces Agreement toward an agreement that guarantees equal rights, and reform the unequal system of international relations between the U.S. and South Korea’s in order to work towards autonomy as a nation.
Okinawa Peace Network of Los Angeles
“Network of individuals and organizations working in solidarity with the people of Okinawa (including the other Ryukyu Islands) in their struggle to remove the U.S. military presence from Okinawa and dismantle militarism worldwide. With its affiliate network in the San Francisco Bay Area (Okinawa Peace Network—Bay Area), OPN – LA works to demilitarize Okinawa and the Pacific through the removal of the U.S. bases in Okinawa while also addressing the structural patterns of oppression and exploitation that result in violence against women and children, devastation of the environment, and which produce undemocratic institutions, unequal treaties, and legal agreements that affect all peoples” (http://www.uchinanchu.org/about/opn_background.htm).
Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence (OWAAMV)
Okinawa, 900-0015 Japan
Co-chairs: Suzuyo Takazato, Keiko Itokazu
For a look at recent OWAAMV activism in action in the U.S., follow this link.
“Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence was formed in September 1995, following the rape of a 12-year-old girl by 3 U.S. servicemen. This group has held demonstrations and protests, organized letter writing campaigns, and brought their creativity and passion to protests and campaigns against the U.S. military presence in Okinawa, which dates back to 1945 and the end of World War II. . . . Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence provides a strong feminist voice linking violence against women with military violence. This organization hosted two International Network meetings in 1997 and 2000.” (http://www.genuinesecurity.org/partners/okinawa.html).
Seattle, Washington, 98102
Phone: (206) 353-5200
Director: Kira Mountjoy-Pepka
For a look at recent news report on parkparachute.org in The Seattle Times, click here.
If you became a victim of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) while serving in the United States military, and have recently fallen on hard times financially, Pack Parachute, a Washington state-based non-profit organization may be able to help you get back on your feet. Pack Parachute’s mission is simple: help out financially distraught veterans suffering from MST. In addition to finincial support, Pack Parachute offers a list of resources for counseling and can help you navigate the horrific VA system for compensation and benefits. Currently, Pack Parachute only has the means to assist veterans who reside in Washington state. To find out more, or to donate funds to assist those in need, please visit packparachute.org.
Sae Woom Tuh (Sprouting Land)
Saeng-yun 4 dong 541-39 11/4
Phone: (82) 351-867-4655
Fax: (82) 351-867-3031
Contact: Hyun Sun Kim
A service and advocacy center that supports and assists women who work in bars and in the sex industry in Dongduchon, next to Camp Casey, a U.S. Army base north of Seoul.
Service Members Legal Defense Network
P.O. Box 65301
Phone: (202) 328-3244
The Service Members Legal Defense Network works with both the federal and the local governments to end DADT. Dedicated to protecting Gay and Lesbian service members, SLDN is the only organization in the country that offers legal services to both active and inactive service members.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
123 William Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
The Service Woman’s Action Network (SWAN) provides advocacy and services for women in the military who face discrimination, sexual harassment, assault, rape, and other crimes of violence. Provides assistance to survivors of these crimes, including counseling, legal assistance, and a network of support services. Women in the military face unique challenges and not always able to speak out against their assailants, who may serve as their commanding officers or hold other positions of authority. When a military leader is the perpetrator, it is very difficult to stop the abuse, bring him or her to justice, or protect the survivor from retribution. SWAN provides services and public policy advocacy to address these concerns.
PO Box 14656
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: + 31 20 662 66 08
Fax: + 31 20 675 71 76
“The Transnational Institute (TNI) was established in 1974 as an international network of activist-scholars committed to critical analyses of the global problems of today and tomorrow, with a view
to providing intellectual support to those movements concerned to steer the world in a democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable direction.”
Violence Against Women in War-Network Japan (VAWW-NET Japan)
poste restante, Bunkyo-Kasuga Post Office
1-16-21, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 112-0003 Japan
Co-Chairpersons: Nishino Rumiko, Shoji Rutsuko
Vice-Chairperson: Nakahara Michiko
Started in 1998 with the conviction that “in order to eliminate violence against women in war and armed conflicts, women at the global and national levels are seeking to build a non-militarized world by bearing the responsibility of creating a peace that is based on the perspective of women’s human rights.”
The organizational objectives are:
- The restoration of honor and justice for women victimized by Japan’s military sexual slavery before and during WWII, and for the Japanese government to fulfill its war and post-war responsibilities;
- As a result of sexual violence around the U.S. military bases, they ask for the removal of U.S. military bases from Okinawa and other parts of Japan;
- They share information on violence against women in current armed conflicts throughout the world and work in solidarity to prevent such violence.
WARriors Japan_Women Against Rape
Chitosei Post Office
English Website: http://www.warriorsjapan.webs.com
Japanese Website: http://www.warriorsjapan2002.webs.com
Film: The Cold Dark Truth Of Rape In Japan
Website: U.S. Military Crimes In Japan:
Women for Genuine Security
Core members: http://www.genuinesecurity.org/aboutus/coremembers.html
“A U.S. based organization that promotes a world of genuine security based on justice and respect for others across national boundaries, a world free of militarism, violence and all forms of sexual exploitation. Through educational programs and resources, WGS promotes critical analysis, activist partnerships and greater accountability of the U.S. government for the violence, environmental devastation, and sexual abuse caused by the U.S. military in countries that host U.S. forces and bases. We began in 1996 when women from Okinawa (Japan) appealed to us as women living in the United States to take responsibility and speak up about the impacts of our military in other countries. Women participating in the WGS core group are students, teachers, translators, organizers, policy-makers, writers and mothers. We share a framework and analysis that pays close attention to systems of inequality based on race, class, gender and nation”. (http://www.genuinesecurity.org/aboutus/index.html).
Women’s Education, Development, Productivity and Research Organization, Inc. (WEDPRO)
14 Maalalahanin St.
Teachers Village, Diliman
Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Fax: (632) 921-7053 or (632) 926-4876
Feminist, non-governmental organization focusing on issues of prostitution and sex trafficking. Works to build women’s organizational capabilities and skills in order to enable long-term empowerment. Engages in action research, trainings and community-based education to facilitate women’s indigenous ways and wisdom, so that women and other disadvantaged sectors can act upon the knowledge they create.