The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) is a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Our mission is to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse.
In 1995, a group of Asian/Pacific Islander women came together to discuss the issues of violence against women in their community. These women, the Founders of DVRP, surveyed area service providers and found that over 500 abused A/PI women were unable to access culturally and linguistically appropriate services. This lack of services prevented survivors from accessing the critical resources they needed to lead healthy and safer lives.
Today, DVRP’s programs and structure is survivor-created and survivor-driven. DVRP has served over 1,300 survivors in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, empowered community leaders to speak out against violence and provided trainings to various audiences on cultural humility and domestic violence awareness.
Our Board of Directors
President, Chair of the Board
Priya Dhanani is a women’s rights and social justice activist. She is currently the Senior Program Officer on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality team at The Asia Foundation. She oversees the portfolio to address gender-based violence (GBV), including human trafficking, violence against women, girls, and LGBQTIA+ persons across the Foundation’s 18 country offices. Priya has overseen gender-related and GBV programming to strengthen trauma-informed services, increase access to justice, and advance the women, peace, and security agenda in the US, Asia, the Pacific, West Africa, and Central America. She has also designed and facilitated numerous trainings in survivor-centered care and the neurobiology of trauma, including its impact on child development. She incorporates the theory of oppression, power, and violence to fundamentally address GBV and decolonize the field of development, and taught a related Sociology course at George Washington University. Priya enjoys solo backpacking and hiking.
Treasurer, Finance Chair
Arjumand comes with 19 years of varied experience with Deloitte. She is a versatile and engaging team player, with a focus on monitoring activities, internal control improvements, curriculum development and delivery. Skilled at planning, analysis, reporting and implementing and overseeing key improvements to drive business growth and efficiency. She started her career in Canada in 2000, managing audit clients and developing and facilitating parts of the audit curriculum nationally.
Arjumand moved to the US in 2007 with Deloitte and focused her efforts on methodology, content development, as well as mindset to continuously improve audit quality across the network member firms. She led design, development and implementation of Deloitte’s global annual technical update to more than 10,000 Managers, Senior Managers and Partners across the globe; managing strategic alignment of learning, mindset and skill gap relating to internal controls to determine global response to drive consistent execution of audits; and most recently, as part of the Global Audit Quality Office, analyzing Deloitte member firms’ data and results of practice reviews, proposing improvements to the network’s quality efforts in order to achieve strategic objectives of the audit business. Arjumand has served on multiple Global committees within the Deloitte network to bring innovative solutions to problems, and collaborating with others to building a trusted relationship in the implementation of these solutions in an effort to enhance how audits are performed.
Arjumand holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto, and became a CPA, CA in 2005.
Arjumand is a budding potter, enjoys music, going on long walks and getting busy within her community. She took a break from her professional career in 2019 to spend time with her family and pursue some of her passions.
Masooma is a bilingual staff attorney at Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) for the Rights In Systems Enforced Project (RISE). As a staff attorney, Masooma provides legal support and advocacy to victims of crime, with a strong focus on advocacy for victims of hate crimes and surviving family members of homicide victims. Masooma comes to DVRP with experience in policy, having advocated for funding for early childhood programs such as universal pre-k and home-visitation – former campaigns of The Pew Charitable Trusts – and investigations, serving as the analyst-in-charge for investigations undertaken by the Office of the DC Auditor, including the evaluation of DC’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigation of First Amendment Activities, and the District of Columbia Public Schools’ school meals program.
Masooma most recently served as a judicial law clerk at D.C. Superior Court and, prior to her clerkship, as a pro bono attorney with Ayuda, a local organization that provides legal services to members of immigrant communities experiencing domestic violence. As a pro bono attorney for Ayuda, Masooma has represented clients seeking civil protection orders, divorce, and child custody.
Masooma received her B.A. from New York University and J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. In her free time, Masooma enjoys curling up with a good book and her doggo, hiking, brushing up on Urdu and practicing Spanish.
Nitasha Chaudhary Nagaraj, DrPH, MPH, is a Research Scientist /Adjunct Faculty member at The George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health. Nitasha received a B.A. in Health Care Administration and Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1999. She also received a Masters in Public Health and Doctorate of Public Health from The George Washington University (GWU). It was at GWU that she realized her passion for working with communities to design, implement, and evaluate interventions and programs aimed at improving the development and well-being of girls and women. Her research focuses on the evaluation of domestic violence, youth development, family violence, girls’ empowerment, and gender sensitization programs in the U.S. and in India. She currently evaluates the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Clinical and Translational Institute at Children’s National Hospital and GWU, and a gender-sensitization program in India and Nepal. Dr. Nagaraj teaches courses for the MPH@GW program and is the Faculty Practicum Co-Director for the MPH@GW program at Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Nagaraj is an Executive Board Member for the Global India Fund and DVRP.
Nirav is Director of Product at Rocket Travel Inc, a Booking Holdings company. He’s responsible for leading product strategy, business development, and innovation on new verticals. Prior to this, Nirav spent his time working for organizations such as Procter & Gamble, McDonalds, and US Foods, leading operations and integrations for various projects. In his spare time, he volunteers with organizations focusing on community entrepreneurship (Startup Weekend), youth workforce development (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), and performing hospital bedside magic for kids (Open Heart Magic). Nirav holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and loves to hike, bake, and golf.