Asian Hate Crimes and Gender-Based Violence


Monday, April 26, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Hosted Online

Register here to receive Zoom link.  Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center, Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG), HKS AAPI Caucus, HKS Women's Caucus, HKS Filipino Caucus, and the HKS Taiwan Caucus.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has faced documented cases of verbal, mental and physical abuse. The recent March 16 Atlanta-area rampage that killed eight people, six of them Asian women, was the culmination of a pattern that's been growing throughout the past year: Asian women are at massively disproportionate risk for racist violence. This panel brings together researchers and community organizers from diverse geographical and class backgrounds, allowing the voices of those most impacted to be heard, to discuss the intertwined nature of sexual violence, misogyny, and racism against AAPI women.


  • Jaclyn Dean | Policy and Government Affairs Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
  • Monami Maulik | Civil Society Liaison Officer, United Nations Network on Migration Secretariat; Founder and Executive Director, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis (Moderator) | Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow on Gender Equity, Georgetown; WAPPP Leader in Practice



Jaclyn Dean was born and raised in Plano, Texas and is the proud daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. She started her career working as a campaign staffer on a state representative campaign in Houston through Annie’s List, which helps elect progressive, pro-choice women to office in Texas. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she ran after-school programs focused on leadership and life skills with adolescent girls. Jaclyn holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government specializing in gender, human rights, and international and global affairs and a BA in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities from Rice University. Jaclyn joined the team at NAPAWF in 2017, where she leads the organization's government relations and legislative affairs on policy issues in reproductive health and rights, immigrant rights, and economic justice. 

    Monami Maulik is a migrant organizer, feminist and international advocate. She currently serves in the secretariat of the United Nations Network on Migration as the Civil Society Liaison Officer. In her role, she supports civil society and NGOs globally to engage with governments and the UN system to implement the Global Compact on Migration adopted by governments in 2018. From 2000-2014, Ms. Maulik served as founding Executive Director of DRUM- The South Asian Organizing Center in New York City organizing immigrant workers, families and youth for racial and economic justice. Since then, Ms. Maulik served as the International Coordinator for the Global Coalition on Migration and Steering Committee member of the Women in Migration Network (WIMN). Earlier, she worked as an International Consultant for UN Women on rights protections for Asian women migrant workers in the Gulf region. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

    Rangita de Silva de Alwis is a globally recognized international women's rights expert. She serves as the Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she teaches International Women's Rights and the Policy Lab, directs the Global Institute for Human Rights, has been appointed Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program for 2019-2021 academic years and was named the Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow on Gender Equity, Georgetown (2020-2021). In 2017, she started the Global Women's Leadership Project and Women, Law & Leadership Lab under the auspices of UN Women's Executive Director, Under Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to map the laws that regulate the status of women in the family. Rangita serves as Special Advisor to the President of Wellesley College and as Distinguished Adviser to the Executive Director of UN Women on global women's rights and women's leadership.