For Immediate Release
Programs have improved the lives of more than 1,000 individuals
in domestic violence, discrimination and sexual assault situations
Atlanta, Georgia -- Wednesday, August 17, 2005 -- Raksha, Inc., a 501c3 (non profit agency) providing support resources to victims of domestic violence, family violence, discrimination and sexual assault, today announced its ten year anniversary celebrating its service to the South Asian community in Georgia. During the ten years, Raksha has fielded more than 12,000 calls through its direct services, including crisis interventions, employment and education services, individual and family counseling, information and referrals, legal and general victim advocacy, and interpretation and translation services. Additionally, it has worked with more than 1,000 individuals, of which 80% were domestic violence related.
In addition to its direct services, Raksha’s prevention, outreach, and education strategy have created avenues for community change. Raksha has trained and facilitated dialogues with thousands of local, state and national trainings of law enforcement, social service agencies, and community-based organizations on issues that affect the South Asian Diaspora, such as immigration, family violence, and youth and elderly services. Through Raksha’s technical assistance and leadership support it has launched several community-led projects including HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention, community organizing to end domestic violence and sexual
violence, initiatives to address anti-immigrant policies and practices, and initiatives to build community accountability and action in address child sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Raksha has received outstanding service awards and recognition from Project IMPACT, the Gandhi Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, and the National Crime Prevention Council. Since 1995, Raksha has grown into a vibrant community-based organization supported by United Way, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Ms. Foundation, Doors of Hope, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Nordson Corporation, and the Academy for Educational Development as well as committed South Asian businesses and donors.
In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Raksha has identified a new theme for its efforts over the coming year called “Power of Change.” The organization will reaffirm its commitment to providing a safe and empowering space for those most disenfranchised, and also asks that others take an active role in addressing social issues that perpetuate violence in families and our communities. The “Power of Change” will commence with a “Bollywood & Gender Bender” fundraiser at Sutra Lounge, located in Midtown, Atlanta on August 27 at 8:00pm. Raksha will also host ongoing celebrations, including its annual fundraiser “Ek Shaam Raksha Ke Naam,” which is known as “An evening in the name of Raksha.” The event will be held on September 24 at Earthlink Live at 7:00pm. It also has a “Power of Change” Gala scheduled for April 22, 2006.
“Over the last 10 years, Raksha has become an organization the South Asian community has come to believe in and trust. Celebrating 10 years of services marks a major milestone in Raksha’s history. We have supported many women who stand tall today and raised awareness on issues never openly discussed in our community. Without local community support, we would not be able to provide South Asian women, children and families a safe environment to face these challenges. We thank all community members and local organizations for their encouragement and urge everyone to continue to support our work and keep Raksha alive,” said Nima Amin, Board President.
Aparna Bhattacharyya, Executive Director, says “Through the community’s support, we have been able to directly impact the lives of numerous members caught in domestic violence or sexual assault situations. We have witnessed the programs success and have watched individuals create new and healthy lives for themselves and their families. It is incredible to see the “Power of Change” when we all come together for a common cause of a stronger and healthier community.’”
About Raksha, Inc.
Raksha, Inc. provides South Asians in Georgia, with the resources to face
challenges such as domestic violence, family violence, discrimination,
harassment, and sexual assault. Raksha's mission is to promote a stronger and
healthier South Asian community through confidential support services,
education, and advocacy. Guided by values of consensus in decision-making,
diversity in leadership, and the dignity and worth of every individual, Raksha
strives to empower and serve the South Asian community.
For More Information, Contact:
Opening Doors to a Stronger and Healthier South Asian Community
P.O. Box 12337
Atlanta, Georgia 30355
Phone Number | 404.876.0670
Help Line | 404.842.0725
Fax Line | 404.876.4525
Web | www.raksha.org