In 2017, we hired our first part time paid staff member, Community Advocate, Harmit Kaur. Since beginning her post in February, Harmit has hit the ground running: responding to the needs of callers on our National Help Line (408-800-SEVA), providing domestic violence crisis counseling, and supporting with immigration outreach at local Gurdwaras.
Community Defense: Immigration Video Series
2017 brought immigration uncertainty for many families in our community. To combat the fear and vulnerability, Sikh Family Center worked with local Gurdwaras and social services organizations to provide Know Your Rights information, so families know what they can do if confronted with immigration agents or law enforcement. We also developed a series of videos in Punjabi and English to help educate and empower. Support us today to help disseminate these across the U.S.
Education & Intervention
SFC presented the findings from our series of listening exercises conducted in 2016-2017 on the issue of family violence & community-based interventions. The full report titled, Strengthening Our Roots: Listening & Learning from Survivors & Supporters, is available in Punjabi and English. We thank all the strong victim-survivors and allies who spoke up and shared their experiences and strategies!
“We All Need Allies” Annual Family Night
In July, we held our first family night and fundraiser. Community artists shared their talents and slam poet Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa (Australia) engaged the audience with her powerful performances on love, fearlessness, and identity. We all left feeling inspired, energized, and resilient.
Connecting our Gurdwaras