Our Mission


Nurturing change together

Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) was founded to help address domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Our mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and their families.

Our vision is of an Asian and Pacific Islander community that embraces healthy relationships and works in partnership with other communities to eradicate all forms of violence.

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About our tree

"Created by a survivor, our tree captures the essence of our work—to heal and empower individuals, families and communities who appear to be just a sapling but given time will grow to be vibrant, healthy and violence-free.”

- Debra Suh, Executive Director


OUR History

Center for the Pacific Asian Family’s (CPAF) story begins in 1978, when a Filipina American woman named Nilda Rimonte questioned whether an immigrant Asian or Pacific Islander (API) woman experiencing domestic or sexual violence could get help – any help. When she found no clear options available she pioneered the programs that we use today at CPAF.  The LA Times highlighted her work in 1981 and 1982.

CPAF is a non-profit organization recognized nationally for its pioneering work in domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services within the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. CPAF created the first multi-lingual 24-hour hotline assisting API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nation.

In 1981, CPAF opened the first multi-lingual and multi-cultural domestic violence emergency shelter in the nation that specialized in serving API survivors of domestic violence. Thereafter, CPAF was also the first to open a multi-lingual and multi-cultural transitional program focusing on the needs of survivors who seek to establish independent, violence-free lives.

In 2005, CPAF expanded its Community Program, focused on community engagement and violence prevention programs. CPAF provides a wide range of comprehensive services, all of which are free of charge, conducted in many API languages.

Founder, Nilda Rimonte

Founder, Nilda Rimonte


Our Core Values

Commitment to non-violence: We believe in every person’s right to live violence-free lives, and are committed to ending all forms of violence and oppression. We each take personal responsibility in learning and practicing non-violence in our individual actions and in creating safe space for each other.

Upholding confidentiality: Confidentiality is essential for the safety of the women and children who have experience violence in their lives. We must not reveal the personal stories and information that we learn, nor the location of the shelters.

Self-determination: We believe that each of us know what is best for our lives, and have a right to make decisions about our own lives. We are committed to creating an environment that nurtures everyone to explore their potentials and possibilities.

Teamwork: We respect each other and the unique perspectives, life experiences, and strengths we bring, and the important roles we play at CPAF. We are all responsible for doing our part as well as assisting others in accomplishing their tasks.

Continued development: We believe that individual and organizational growth and development takes place in a safe, non-judgmental environment where all view and opinions are expressed through honest dialogue. We will individually and as a team remain open and flexible to introspection, constructive critique, and learning.

Collaboration: CPAF is committed to work collaboratively in the community. Family violence and violence against women are problems that permeate all aspects of our community. CPAF welcomes agencies, groups, and individuals who will add to the solution.


Our Board of Directors


Our voluntary Board of Directors and Advisory Board members work tirelessly to provide CPAF with strategic direction and essential resources.



Roselma Samala
Red Capiz Partners


Vice President

Katherine Sea
Bank of America


Mamie Funahashi
Community Partners



Erwin Pineda
Coldwell Banker Greater Valleys

Ui Sun An

Daniel Fan
First Foundation Advisors

Deborah Yoon Jones
Alston & Bird LLP

Rebecca Lee
East West Bank

Brittany N. Morey
UC Riverside

Sylvia Son
Sony Pictures Television

San Tong
Crown Media

Our Leaders


debra suh

Executive Director


Janice oshiro

Fiscal Director


Patima Komolamit

Shelter Program Director



Development Director


Natchawi Wadman

Community Program Director

Our Funders


We are able to do our work because of the commitment of our government, foundation, corporate, community, and individual supporters.

Our Funders provide us with the resources and tools to fulfill our mission of ending family and intimate partner violence in all of our communities.


FY 2018-19 Government Funders

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles/California Office of Emergency Services
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles/Office of Violence Against Women
  • CA Department of Public Health
  • CA Mental Health Services Authority & Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • CA Office of Emergency Services
  • City of Los Angeles, Housing+Community Investment Department
  • City of Los Angeles, Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security & Public Safety
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of the City Attorney
  • County of Los Angeles, Community Development Commission/Housing Authority
  • County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Social Service
  • County of Los Angeles, Office of the District Attorney
  • County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health
  • County of Los Angeles, Supervisory District 2
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles/Legal Assistance for Victims
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles/Office of Victims of Crime
  • Little Tokyo Service Center/CA Department of Education
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • My Sister’s House/CA Office of Emergency Services
  • PATH/Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • Special Services for Groups/County of Los Angeles, Department of Children and Family Services
  • Special Services for Groups/County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women

FY 2018-19 Foundation / Corporate Funders

  • Ahmanson Foundation
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Asian Pacific Community Fund
  • Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council/Blue Shield Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Hope
  • Blue Shield of California
  • California Community Foundation
  • Cathay Bank
  • CTBC Bank
  • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
  • First Foundation Bank
  • J.B. and Emily Van Nuys Charities Donor Advised Fund
  • John Gogian Family Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kang Dream Foundation
  • MUFG Union Bank Foundation
  • Project by Project
  • Southern California Edison/Edison International
  • Southern California Gas Company/Sempra Energy
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • The Green Fund
  • The Marisla Fund of the Orange County Community Fund
  • The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • The Weingart Foundation
  • U.S. Bank
  • United Way of Los Angeles
  • Valero Energy
  • W.M. Keck Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

Our Impact


In 1978, we established the first multilingual 24-hour hotline tailored to assist Asian and Pacific Islander (API) individuals in the u.s.

This was only the beginning for the Center of the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF).


CPAF continued to make large strides in providing services to a community that historically under-reports cases of sexual assault, rape, and domestic violence. As the fastest growing ethnic group in the region of LA, API immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual assault need culturally competent social service organizations to provide hope and support in times of crisis. CPAF meets this need by providing bilingual, culturally sensitive support to survivors of violence, all free of charge.

Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic increase in calls to our 24-hour crisis hotline and in requests for crisis intervention services, thanks to increased outreach to API communities.

Hotline Calls


Often, the entry point to our services is through our multilingual hotline, offered in 30 API languages. CPAF provided hotline crisis assistance to 3861 contacts in 2016, and 4640 contacts in 2017, a dramatic 20% increase. The slight decrease in contacts from 2017 to 2018 may be due to fear among immigrant communities in accessing services because of the heightened anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions occurring nationally. We have heard that other hotlines are also noticing a decline in calls. However, despite this decrease in overall contacts, there were a few significant increases to note. Among them was a 72% increase in referrals from hospital/medical sources, as well as a 27% increase in Bengali contacts and a 600% increase in Cambodian contacts.


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In a place where survivors come to seek refuge….

CPAF is a beacon of hope. Our Emergency Shelter and Transitional Shelters offer a safe space for survivors to begin their healing journey. In 2017, we gained an additional transitional shelter, increasing our capacity to assist an additional 24 survivors and children escaping violent and abusive homes. An average of 80% of the families that leave CPAF shelters increase their resources and/or income, slowly moving along the path to self-sufficiency.

Volunteers & Trainings

At CPAF, our interns and volunteers are critical in providing the number of services we offer - providing support to survivors and bringing awareness to the community. Each year, CPAF’s Capacity team mobilizes over 100 volunteers and interns to make an impact through roles & events such as:

  • Volunteer Hotline Counselor

  • Volunteer Women’s Group Facilitator

  • Digital Advocate

In addition to having a giving and dedicated group of volunteers, CPAF offers various trainings available to other community organizations, stakeholders, and members of the community. Averaging 25 participants per training, the types of trainings offered include:

  • 65-hour domestic violence and sexual assault advocate training

  • 40-hour domestic violence advocate training

  • other tailored trainings are available

Annual Report

CPAF would not be able to provide its prevention, intervention, shelter, training, and community engagement services without the generous support of our funders. Each year, we publish an annual report spotlighting the highlights of the year, detailing CPAF’s financial health, and thanking our funders.