CI People

CI Staff

Mimi Kim is the Executive Director and Founder of Creative Interventions. Mimi is a 2nd generation Korean American who has been active in the anti-violence and social justice movement for 20 years. Mimi has worked as an activist and advocate challenging domestic violence primarily in Asian immigrant communities. Before starting Creative Interventions in 2004, she worked for 10 years serving in many roles including coordinator of the Multilingual Access Model Project (MLAM) at Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco. She founded two domestic violence programs for the Korean community, Shimtuh in 2000, and KAN-WIN in Chicago in 1989. She is also a founding member of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and a national steering committee member of the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence. Mimi is author of The Community Engagement Continuum:  Outreach, Mobilization, Organizing, and Accountability to Address Violence Against Women in the Asian and Pacific Islander Communities (San Francisco:  Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, 2004) and Innovative Strategies to Address Domestic Violence in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities:  Examining Themes, Models, and Interventions (San Francisco:  Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, 2002).

CI Board

Heba Nimr, Board President. Heba Nimr is a lawyer and mediator in Oakland, CA. For more than 20 years, Heba has been involved in various efforts and movements to challenge interpersonal and systemic violence. Through these experiences, she has gained a deep respect for the daily attention and creativity needed to liberate ourselves and our communities.

Jesus Solorio, Board Secretary/Treasurer. Jesus is Associate Director of California Tomorrow. He was previously on the board of the DataCenter, was a leader of Californians for Justice, was a member of the Spirit in Motion Council at the Movement Strategy Center, and has been involved in various grassroots campaigns. He holds a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Jesus is Chicano and was born and raised in Los Angeles.  He is the son of immigrant parents from Mexico who struggled to make a better life for their children.

National Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board consists of individuals with long-term work and personal commitment to innovative and social justice approaches to domestic violence or intimate partner, sexual, family and other forms of interpersonal violence. They are advising the larger vision of Creative Interventions and are ensuring national relevance, scope and impact.

Trishala Deb is former Program Coordinator: Training and Resource Center for Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Transgender People of Color in New York City. Prior to her position at the Audre Lorde Project, she worked as a service provider and community organizer in North Carolina and Georgia focusing on welfare rights, domestic violence, immigrant/women’s/lgbt rights, and building progressive spaces within the South Asian community. She is currently a member of the South Asian Lesbian Gay Association (SALGA), and a member of the community funding board for the North Star Fund.

Staci Haines is the developer of Generative Somatics and the Somatics and Trauma courses and the Founder of Generation FIVE, a San Francisco-based organization that brings together community leaders working to end child sexual abuse within five generations. Staci is the senior teacher in the field of Somatics and leads courses in Somatics and Leadership, Somatics and Trauma, and Social Leadership. Staci has been organizing and educating in the area of child sexual abuse since 1985. She is the author of The Survivor’s Guide to Sex (San Francisco: Cleis, 1999), a how-to book and DVD offering a somatic approach to recovery from sexual trauma and to developing healthy sexual and intimate relationships. Staci also has a background in diversity training and facilitation. She has lectured at numerous institutions including Oberlin College, Smith College, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University on issues of child sexual abuse and social change, the impact and healing of trauma, somatics and trauma recovery and sexual health in addition to presenting at national and international conferences.

Valli Kalei Kanuha is Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Sociology in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kalei has worked as an activist, clinician, administrator, and consultant with community agencies, domestic violence programs, HIV/AIDS organizations, and other social service settings in the continental U.S. and Hawaii for 30 years. Her professional interests include violence against women of color, with a focus on Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Island women and lesbians; lesbian and gay and transgender issues; and multicultural practice , all areas in which she has published and trained extensively. Kalei has been involved with numerous community and national organizations in Minnesota, New York and Hawai’i, including Praxis, Inc., Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence. Kalei’s current research includes development and evaluation of a Native Hawaiian cultural intervention with Native Hawaiian batterers and battered women, and exploring indigenous, community-based alternativesto the criminal-legal system that address violence against women and children.

Sue Osthoff is Director of the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, a Philadelphia-based organization designed to enhance the quality of legal representation and personal support to battered women facing trial and to incarcerated battered women. Sue began work with the National Clearinghouse in 1987 when she co-founded the organization. Sue has been working in the battered women’s movement since 1979 when she was a counselor/advocate in Massachusetts.

Julia Perilla is an Associate Professor of  Psychology at Georgia State University. She is the founder of Caminar Latino, a comprehensive domestic violence intervention for Latino families. Julia is the Director of El Centro: The National Latino Research Center on Domestic Violence; past President of Tapestri, the Immigrant and Refugee Coalition Challenging Gender-Based Oppression; and an appointee to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. She has received several awards for her work on behalf of immigrant families affected by domestic violence from the Georgia Psychological Association, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Beth E. Richie is Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests center on battered African American women and the relationship between violence against women and women’s participation in crime. Beth is the Senior Research Consultant with the Institute to Research and Respond to Violence in the Lives of African American Women. She also serves as a consultant to various organizations, including The Social Science Research Council, and the National Institute of Corrections. Beth is a founding member of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and serves on the Steering Committee of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.

Beth is author of several publications on domestic violence in the African American community including Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women (New York: Routledge Press, 1996) and “Gender Entrapment: The Link Between Gender Identity, Race/Ethnicity, Violence and Crime,” in Reframing Women’s Health (Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1994).

Kabzuag Vaj is a Hmong refugee woman who accompanied her family to the U.S. in 1981. She is a founder, and the Executive Director of Freedom, Inc., a grassroots organization that advocates and provides services to low and no-income communities of color in Madison, WI. Kabzuag has worked and organized within her Hmong community since she was 15 years old. In the last 19 years, she has worked on many social justice issues including welfare reform, immigration issues, youth justice, and racial profiling. The last 8 years, she has focused on ending violence against women and children. Currently, she is part of a team effort in Wisconsin working to address trafficking issues/abusive international marriages and murder suicide within the Hmong community.