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Our mission is to prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.

Silk Road Gala 2020: ATASK's Virtual Gala

The Silk Road Gala, ATASK’s biggest fundraiser of the year, provides critical funds for culturally and linguistically competent services for domestic violence survivors and families in need.

Though we are unable to be together in person this year, we are going virtual with a 60-minute online celebration of our community’s strength and to share in ATASK’s mission of preventing domestic violence in Asian families and communities. Together we will be providing hope to survivors.

This event is free and open to all. Please register to receive a link to the event.

During the pandemic we have seen a significant rise in domestic violence, and our Pan-Asian communities are experiencing socio-economic instability that have brought the racial disparities to the forefront. ATASK has worked tirelessly to quickly adapt and respond to the needs of our clients as the ongoing health crisis continues to unfold.  Your support, now more than ever, is critical in ensuring the safety and well-being of survivors.

We are honored to have Lisa Wong, MD and Jean Russell as our Gala Co-Chairs, and Janet Wu leading our evening as our Emcee this year. We are also thrilled to announce that Navjeet Bal, Managing Director and General Counsel at Social Finance, will be our Keynote Speaker.  Through their involvement in the community, efforts in advancing opportunities for others, and social justice advocacy, they have lifted the voices of vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Our performers for the evening will be Grace Kelly, saxophonist, singer and songwriter, and Sandeep Das, Tabla Maestro, whose collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma for the Silk Road Ensemble won a Grammy award.

We invite you to join us for this unique and inspiring event. Our ability to come together virtually allows us to share with you, for the very first time, a virtual tour of our Emergency Shelter.  ATASK’s shelter is New England’s only provider of emergency shelter for Pan-Asian survivors. It is often the first step in their journey to safe and independent lives.  Our evening will be filled with inspiration, and together we will enjoy beautiful performances.

Our annual Gala provides essential funding for ATASK, enabling us to provide safety and life-changing opportunities for our survivor community. Funds raised will support the ever-increasing demand for ATASK’s services.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities. (Levels start at  $1,000)

We look forward to sharing this beautiful event with you!


ATASK Stands with Black Lives

ATASK stands with the Black communities of America. The pain, sadness and anger expressed across the nation is undeniable. Systemic racism, white supremacy, police brutality and the historic oppression of the Black community are not new.  The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are only recent reminders. We are a nation that “Can't Breathe.”

Remaining silent perpetuates racism and systemic injustice.  We can no longer stay silent and must use our collective voices to demand change. ATASK is committed to joining Black communities and allies to dismantle the structural inequities that oppress Black, indigenous and people of color and divide our nation.

There are many ways to raise your voice against racism and create a more equitable and inclusive society.

  • Educate yourself about Black history, anti-racism, anti-blackness, white supremacy, and systemic oppression.  And do this work without asking your Black peers to educate you.
  • Reach out and listen without judgment.
  • Learn how to be a better ally.
  • Support Black businesses.
  • Donate to a charity that supports the Black community and social justice.
  • Vote for change.
  • Support government policies aimed at reforming unjust systems on national,  state and local levels.

ATASK Supports Survivors During COVID-19 Pandemic  

During these challenging times, ATASK continues to provide critical services to domestic violence survivors. Our 24/7 hotline is in full operation, our advocates are working with survivors remotely, our legal team is processing cases, and our shelter remains open.  Services are free, confidential, and available to documented and undocumented persons.

While our communities stay at home to reduce health risks from COVID-19, victims of domestic violence are finding themselves more at risk and unable to distance themselves from their abusers to get help.  If you or someone you know needs help, please call our 24-hour multilingual hotline at (617) 338-2355.  We can provide resources, safety planning and support.  

We are grateful to those who have generously responded to the growing needs of survivors during this economically difficult period.  We are thankful for community partners that have given us emergency grants, including Tufts Medical CenterUnited Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Fish Family Foundation, Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation, Boston Resiliency Fund, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.  Funds are being distributed directly to clients to assist with housing, food and other essentials.

We are also incredibly appreciative of the past support we have received from our community of donors, giving ATASK the stability and ability to quickly pivot and adapt the way we provide services during this crisis.

These are difficult times for everyone, and even more so, for those who live in fear in their very own homes.  Please make a donation today so we can continue responding to the needs of victims.

What Would You Do if You Couldn't Call 911?  

Asking for help is not always easy. Many of us take for granted that we can pick up the phone and call 911 in the event of an emergency. We also have the privilege of calling a provider and asking for help, whether it be for medical, legal, housing, or employment matters. This, however, is not always the case for many of our clients. Due to language barriers, most of our clients do not have the English skills needed to navigate the systems here in the U.S.

I didn't know how to call 911

Lin is a Chinese immigrant who was afraid to call 911 because she couldn't speak English.  ATASK was able to get her the help she needed. Lin came to our emergency shelter, got legal help, enrolled her child in daycare so she could take English classes, and then later entered a job training program. With the support of ATASK, Lin is now employed, and is proud to be raising her son in a safe and happy environment.

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