Thank You for Attending Sakhi Presents “Domestic Violence: Intersections, Awareness, & Creating Communities of Care”


Big thanks to our awesome moderator Joya Dass & panelists Sharmin Hossain of Planned Parenthood, Stephanie Nilva of Day One, & Maria D’Cruze of Womankind for an engaging and thoughtful panel on domestic violence, healthy relationships, the importance of intersectional advocacy, and the roles we have in our communities to create safety and healing. Big thanks as well to the 50 + Sakhi supporters who came out to be part of this conversation! We couldn’t do it without you.


In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, NYC-based gender justice organization Sakhi presents our DV month panel event:

Domestic Violence: Intersections, Awareness, & Creating Communities of Care, taking place October 26th 6:30-8:30 PM at the American Arbitration Association (150 E. 42nd Street, 17th floor) with a light reception following.

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Institute at NYU.

Our intersectional panel seeks to explore the complex issues of domestic violence with dynamic speakers from varying backgrounds (the arts, direct service, grassroots activism, policy) and place it within larger cultural conversations about patriarchy, sexuality, autonomy, community accountability, and more. How can we create systems of community accountability? What do these activists and advocates wish more people knew about domestic violence and survivorship? What are key ways we can work to support survivors and break the silence around these issues in our daily lives? We’re looking forward to exploring these and many more pressing questions with you at this event. Panel will be followed by an audience Q+A.

Seating is limited // please RSVP here on Eventbrite! 

We welcome a suggested donation of any amount to participate in this event.

To learn more about Sakhi for South Asian Women, please visit sakhi.medleythink.com.



Joya Dass is a long time business news anchor in New York City. She has been seen delivering live reports on the markets from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, CBS, and most recently NY1 News. Since December 2002, she was also the host of the popular Saturday morning show AVS, bringing the latest on the Bollywood film industry news into the living rooms of first and second generation Indians living in the United States. Joya was recently recruited by Morgan Stanley to join a wealth management team at the New York City flagship operation. This continues the thruline of empowering women, which began with Dass’ networking initiative LadyDrinks, working to support South Asian female professionals in senior to mid level management or entrepreneurship in New York, Princeton, Toronto, and New Delhi.


Stephanie Nilva is an attorney and the Founder and Executive Director of Day One, an organization that partners with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development. Following her graduation from law school, Stephanie received a New York State IOLA Legal Services Fellowship to work at Legal Services for New York. Subsequent to her fellowship, Stephanie became a staff attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group and then became the Acting Director and Managing Attorney at Community Law Center in Oakland, California. Stephanie returned to New York and became the Executive Director of Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT). Stephanie has published two articles for practitioners on the subject of teen dating abuse and appears on national television as an expert in the field. She graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts and received her juris doctorate degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she was awarded the Jonathan A. Weiss Award for Public Interest. Stephanie has also been a finalist in The New Yorker magazine’s cartoon caption-writing contest.

Sharmin Hossain is the Manager of Youth Organizing at Planned Parenthood of New York City, working to build and uplift PP Generation Action youth organizing initiatives with leaders, campus groups, and coalition partners across the 5 boroughs. Alongside social media advocacy, she designs and leads trainings for youth leaders focused on organizing and advocacy skills, leadership development, and issues connected to reproductive health, rights, and justice. A graduate from CUNY Hunter College, Sharmin founded the Bangladeshi Historical Memory Project, a political theatre initiative reconciling histories of trauma and displacement. Sharmin was a core member of the Jackson Heights Cop Watch team, working to challenge systemic racism and police violence in NYC.

A’Driane Nieves is a writer, artist, activist, and speaker with a heart for serving others and social good. She is a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder, and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety. She’s also a mother of three. A’Driane’s painting examines trauma and pain and celebrates the resiliency, joy, and transformation that occurs in spite of it. As a writer, she as been honored as a BlogHer Voice of the Year and invited to speak at several writers conferences including BlogHer and Mom 2.0. She is a former contributing editor to Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog on maternal mental health. In 2015, A’Driane had the pleasure of taking the stage with other phenomenal storytellers as part of the Austin ensemble of Listen to Your Mother. As a visual artist, she was invited to participate in an exhibition at Wild Goose Festival with NYT bestselling author and painter Frank Schaeffer. She has been featured in BlogHer, Everyday Feminism, UpworthyBuzzfeed, and Mashable.

Maria D’Cruze is the Wellness Group Coordinator for Womankind, formerly known as New York Asian Women’s Center. Maria oversees all wellness groups and activities for survivors of DV, HT, and SV across the lifespan. It is essential to provide survivors of trauma a healing space that is customized for their specific needs. Maria strives to re-introduce holistic and Asian specific healing modalities that help move forward from isolation to connectedness with oneself, others and the world. She has a Masters in social work specializing in Clinical practice working with individuals, families and group. Maria also provides space for POC looking to celebrate culture, discuss trauma, and practice community-care with yoga and mindfulness.