Elevating the Voices of Survivors of Domestic Violence, April McGill
California Consortium for Urban Indian Health - Red Woman Rising Project
The Red Women Rising Project is dedicated to uplifting the voices of Urban Indian survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through increasing awareness around Urban Indian women’s domestic violence issues and enhancing survivors' access to domestic violence services. The success of the Red Women Rising Project depends on addressing the issue of violence against Native Women with various approaches in order to promote healing at every stage of a survivor's journey and providing the tools and resources that make recovery possible. Take a look at what is being done to make the mission of Red Women Rising a reality.
- Educational Goals:
- Identify the intersection of historical trauma in the native communities and domestic violence
- Explain the importance of providing access to culturally-responsive resources
- Apply a holistic approach towards curbing the issue of domestic violence in Urban Indian communities
April McGill M.P.A. (Yuki, Wappo, Little Lake Pomo, Wailaki). April is a California Native living in San Francisco. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 with a BA degree (Honors) in American Indian Studies. April moved to the Northwest in 2010 to work as a Research Assistant at Portland State University Regional Research Institute on the System of Care “Nak-Nu-Wit Project” for Native families receiving mental health services. While living in the Northwest, April attended Evergreen State College where she perused her Masters's Degree in Public Administration, Tribal Governance in 2012. April is very active in the Native American community in the Bay Area. April currently works as the Director of Community Partnerships & Projects for the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health (CCUIH) leading the violence against women Red Woman Rising Project (RWR) the Traditions of Health Project and currently the Getting Real About Stigma Reduction (GRASP) HCV prevention grant. In her activism and community work, she is the Coordinator for the American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco pushing for the city to give the Native community a cultural arts and wellness center. "Having the teachings of my Yuki grandmother has taught me to always have a giving heart but to stay strong in spirit. I try to do that as much as possible in the work that I do for the community. Giving back is what maintains those teachings and nurtures my spirit in my own wellness."