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API Community Organizations and Primers

The Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs will update this list as information becomes available. Also, API ethnic and community-wide public events may be promoted  via the API Newsletter. Please email Tina Shaw (tina.shaw@iowa.gov) with any organization information you would like to have appear on this listing or the API newsletter.

United States Department of State - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 (*searchable country-specific reports)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

Intercultural Center of Iowa

Iowa Asian Alliance 

CelebrAsian (Annual Memorial Day weekend event in Des Moines)

Asian Fest - IAA Eastern Chapter (Annual festival held in August in Cedar Rapids)

Iowa International Center

Monsoon Asian and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity

Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (formerly Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa) serves victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa. Monsoon’s mission is to end all forms of gender-based violence and build healthy communities through transformative justice and social change. (Offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.)

Iowa City & Cedar Rapids Asian Pacific American Resource Guide 

API ORGANIZATIONS BY NATION

BHUTAN

     Bhutan 2017 Human Rights Report

     Bhutan News Service

     Bhutanese Community in Iowa

     Assessment of Human Rights in Bhutan - commentary

     Nepali-speaking Bhutanese - EthnoMed

BURMA

     Burmese Refugee Health Profile - EthnoMed

Chin - Burmese

     Chin - Burmese Churches in Iowa

     Chin Resource in Columbus Junction, Iowa

     Iowa Chin Baptist Church of Des Moines

     Mizo Church of Iowa

     Chin Cultural Profile - EthnoMed

Karen - Burmese

     Karen Community of Iowa - (Official Facebook page)

     Karen Human Rights Group

     Karen Organization of Minnesota

     Karen Cultural Profile - EthnoMed

Karenni - Burmese

     Karenni Worship at Walnut Creek Church - Des Moines

"Umbrella" Burmese Organizations & Resources

     Burmese American Community Institute

     Ethnic Minorities of Burma Resource & Advocacy Center (EMBARC)

     Burmese Ethnic Languages - Chart

CAMBODIAN

     Cambodian Culture Profile - EthnoMed

      Khmer Krom Association of Iowa

CHINA

     Chinese Association of Iowa

     Iowa Chinese Language School (ICLS)  - Johnston, Iowa

INDIA

     Indo-American Association of Iowa

     Friends of India - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

     Friends of India - Quad Cities, Iowa

     Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Iowa - Madrid, Iowa

JAPAN

     Japan Society of Iowa

     Consulate General of Japan - Chicago

KOREA

     Korean Cultural Connection

     Ames Korean School

     Consulate General of the Republic of Korea - Chicago

      Korean Net

REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS, FEDERATED STATE OF MICRONESIA & REPUBLIC OF PALAU

     Compact of Free Association Alliance National Network (CANN)

     Dubuque Pacific Islander Health Project 

     Compact of Free Association Treaty - Immigration Status

     Marshallese (Pacific Islander) Cultural Profile - EthnoMed

NEPAL

    Nepalese Association of Iowa

    Quad City Hindu Temple

PHILIPPINES

     Filipino American Association of Iowa (official FB page)

     National Federation of Filipino American Associations - Iowa (NaFFAA)

     Consulate General of the Philippines  - Chicago

TAI DAM

     Tai Studies Center

     Tai United Foundation

VIETNAM

     Vietnamese American Community of Iowa (VACI)

REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT SERVICES

Catherine McAuley Center - Cedar Rapids (affiliate of USCRI)

Catholic Charities of Iowa

Lutheran Services of Iowa - Refugee Services

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (partner of United Way of Central Iowa)

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) - Des Moines

United Way - Central Iowa (OpportUnity Program)