Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
Miriam W. Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) guides the country’s only national, multi-issue, progressive organization dedicated to social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the US. With offices in NYC and DC, and chapters in 13 cities, NAPAWF’s current priorities include winning rights for immigrant women, reproductive justice, and conducting community-based participatory research with young API women.Since 2008, Miriam has guided NAPAWF through a tripling of its annual budget and an expansion of NAPAWF’s presence in new cities and online. NAPAWF is considered the leading voice on API women’s policy issues:·
- As NAPAWF’s Executive Director, Miriam was called to be the sole woman to testify at the House Judiciary Committee – Subcommittee on the Constitution - hearing on the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) in December 2011. Since, NAPAWF continues to lead a broad coalition of advocacy groups working to educate their members about so-called "sex selection abortions” on the federal and state levels.·
- NAPAWF organized a first-ever White House briefing on API Women and Girls in January 2012 and brought over 40 grassroots NAPAWF leaders from around the country to Washington DC to educate policymakers about the reproductive justice, immigrant rights and economic justice needs of API women and girls.·
- NAPAWF’s innovative community-based participatory action research project has trained hundreds of students in two states (CA and MN), produced dozens of social action projects about API women’s sexual health, and resulted in the publishing of three peer-reviewed journal article based on our research.·
- NAPAWF, as a former co-lead of the National Health Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance worked to establish the first-ever White House Intra-agency Working group to address the health and safety of nail salon workers. ·
- NAPAWF leads critical cross-movement building coalitions such as the We Belong Together campaign with the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance which organizes women for common sense immigration policy reform. NAPAWF is also currently on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, and continues to co-lead NCAPA’s health committee.
NAPAWF is also currently on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, and continues to co-lead NCAPA’s health committee.
Miriam is a sought after public speaker and speaks frequently on women’s rights, API issues, LGBT rights, immigration policy, reproductive health and rights, reproductive technology, racial justice and research. She is published on new media such as Huffington Post and RH Reality Check, and in print in Medical Issues, The Shriver Report, and A New Queer Agenda.
Prior to NAPAWF, Miriam held many positions during her 10-year tenure at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City, the last of which was Director of Public Policy & Government Relations where she oversaw policy priorities and government funding relationships on the local, state and federal level. She started her career at the Center as a Youth Worker responsible for empowering young people to fight bullying and create safer schools. During her time at the Center, Miriam raised $40 million in public funding for the Center’s second capital campaign. She also helped develop the NYC Domestic Partnership Equality Act; the NYC and the NYS Dignity in All Schools legislation. Miriam served on a LGBT policy development committee for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, which created the agency’s first ever strategic plan for meeting the needs of LGBT youth and their families. She also served on the LGBT Advisory Committee for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services which also resulted in that agency’s inaugural LGBT anti-discrimination policy. Miriam continues to consult and provide trainings to child welfare agencies.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, Miriam is a proud queer Asian-American immigrant woman activist who is committed to social justice movement building and raising her two young daughters to be fearless. Miriam holds a master’s in public administration from Baruch College and a bachelor’s from New York University.