Left to right: Pauline Park, Ivy Suriyopas, Lynly Egyes, Tauno Biltsted, So Yeon Kang
On May 1, Queens Pride House hosted its first forum on the issue of the human trafficking of Asian women in Queens. The forum featured a panel of experts including So Yeon Kang, Project Free Manager at the New York Asian Women’s Center; Ivy O. Suriyopas, director of the anti-trafficking initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF); Lynly Egyes, staff attorney at the Sex Workers’ Project of the Urban Justice Center; and Tauno Biltsted, intensive case manager at Safe Horizon.
The panel was moderated by Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director of Queens Pride House. The forum was the debut event of the Popular Resistance and Non-Violent Action (PRANA) Project, which is funded by the North Star Fund and was co-sponsored by APICHA Community Health Center, the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF), the New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN), the New York Asian Women’s Center, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Safe Horizon and Sakhi for South Asian Women.
Queens Pride House is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community center in the borough and the only LGBT community center in the state with an Asian American executive director; it is one of two in the country headed by an executive director of Asian descent. Queens Pride House was founded in 1997 and moved to its present location on 37th Ave. in 2006. Pride House serves over 6,000 clients and conducts health support, education and referral programs, youth training, and cultural and social programming. For more information:
Left to right: Pauline Park, Lynly Egyes, Tauno Biltsted, Ivy Suriyopas, So Yeon Kang