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Media Briefing: Culturally Responsive Programs Preventing Violence

Communication event

Date: May 02, 2022

Time: 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Price: Free

Three panelists will share their expertise and insight on domestic violence prevention and culturally responsive programs, how they intersect, and what prevention funding supports in their communities. We invite journalists to join us and learn from this hour long discussion as well as have their questions answered during a 30 minute open Q+A.


Jonathan Deras
Youth and Young Adult Prevention Coordinator, Center for Domestic Peace

Jonathan Deras is a first-generation refugee and a United States Marine Corps Veteran who is passionate about youth advocacy, prevention and intervention, immigration, and military-related topics.

Deras received his MA from the University of San Francisco in Migration Studies. His research focused on military veterans who were deported. He also has a background in Sociology and Behavioral Sciences. Throughout his career, Deras has maintained dedicated community involvement through a combination of scholarship and community work. Today, he is the Youth and Young Adult Prevention Coordinator at the Center for Domestic Peace with over four years of working in domestic violence prevention, intervention, and campaigns with youth and young adults. Deras’s primary role is to teach multiple programs for middle school, high school, and college students on masculinity, domestic violence prevention, and more. He also spearheaded the development of a healthy masculinity program – Champion Men’s Zone. In addition to his work, Deras engages local issues that led to being featured on the Marin IJ and Telemundo48.

Christine Lee
Deputy Director, Asian Youth Center

Christine Najung Lee (she/hers) is Deputy Director at Asian Youth Center (AYC), providing day-to-day management and supervision to all AYC programs and operations. Prior to joining AYC, she was at the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) for eight years in a variety of roles as Program Manager, Development Manager, and Marketing Manager. Christine was primarily in charge of APCF’s nonprofit sector capacity building programs, grants management, volunteer program, grant writing, and resource development, as well as communications, marketing strategies, event planning, and media relations. In addition to her background in philanthropy, she brings over a decade of experience in the AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) nonprofit field, having served at various Los Angeles-based organizations, including the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force (APIOATF), NAKASEC, and a community health clinic in Koreatown.

Christine’s areas of expertise include public health, community outreach, cultural competency, special events, youth leadership development, and community organizing. She is currently on the board for The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership and was on the Adventist Health White Memorial Community Leadership Council, Steering Committee of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders In Philanthropy-Los Angeles, and formerly elected to serve on the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council. Christine holds a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian American Studies from UCLA.

Ash Rojo
Client Advocate Legal Services, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Ash Rojo (She/her) is a client advocate with the Legal Advocacy Project for Survivors (LAPS), a program within the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Legal Services Department. Her work is focused on serving LGBTQI+ survivors of interpersonal and hate-motivated violence through holistic, trauma informed advocacy and supportive services. She is passionate about the unified labor to uplift the voices and center the lives of LGBTQ+ survivors of color, who are often the most marginalized and disenfranchised members of our community.


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