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HILLS AND VALLEYS BY TAUREN WELLS
The nonprofit Bamboo Bridges serves Asian and Pacific American women who are victims of domestic violence or human trafficking in Las Vegas. A food drive to benefit those they help will be held December 15 at Kona Ice, 2700 East Patrick Lane, from 1 to 4 p.m. Food items needed include bags of rice, dry noodles, and Asian and Pacific Islander sauces and spices and Rice cookers.
Sponsored by "The Asian and Pacific Islander Chronicle" and Kona Ice, a shaved ice business. Bamboo Bridges has a website here.
What We Do
We focus on 4 priority areas:
1: Anti-Human Trafficking
Asian Pacific American women represent the largest segment of persons trafficked into the United States, and Las Vegas has been identified as being among the top 17 destination cities for human trafficking, which makes it crucial that the Asian and Pacific American community be included in long-term strategies that address the issue of human trafficking. [More]
Currently, we are working in partnership with the Clark County School District Police to train their officers and other educators/staff about human trafficking.
2: Domestic Violence Awareness/Prevention
Asian Pacific American women experience domestic violence with at least the same frequency as non-Asian women, with some APA ethnic groups having higher rates. Additionally, fatalities resulting from domestic violence are higher in APA communities due in part to cultural and linguistic barriers. Bamboo Bridges is committed to breaking the silence that kills and keeps women trapped in violent relationships. [More]
3: Youth Leadership Development
Investing in youth is an important goal for Bamboo Bridges. Through our annual Asian Pacific American Youth Leadership Symposium (APAYLS), we help adolescents identify their strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, build confidence and self-esteem, and refine communication skills. With positive role models, we hope to empower the youth to make strong contributions in their homes and communities.
4: Coalition Building
Bamboo Bridges both leads and participates in a number of coalitions and partnerships that focus on raising awareness of the challenges faced by APA women and communities.
To that end, Bamboo Bridges collaborates with numerous organizations and groups to combat human trafficking, bring awareness to the issue of violence against women, and develop a leadership symposium for the youth. We have established relationships with law enforcement, service providers, legislators, the school district, the university, community associations, etc.