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Asian and Pacific American women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people have been on the forefront of movements for survivor advocacy, LGBTQ liberation, bodily autonomy, and sex positivity.

Rommy Torrico for Rewire.NewsThis Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), Rewire.News is highlighting the ways Asian and Pacific Islander American communities have been at the forefront of the reproductive justice movement throughout its formation and today.

In 1989, she and four other South Asian women—Mallika Dutt, Tula Goenka, Geetanjali Misra, and Romita Shetty—founded Sakhi for South Asian Women, an organization that serves and advocates for survivors of gender-based violence in New York City’s South Asian immigrant communities.

She is also a cofounder of SAMAR, a South Asian magazine that printed progressive cultural analysis from the 1990s to the early 2000s, and Workers Awaaz (Workers’ Voice), a New York City-based nonprofit that supports South Asian domestic workers.

Dumlao manages TLDEF’s The Name Change Project, which connects low-income transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people with pro bono legal representation during their name change process.

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