To address the unmet and increasing needs of battered refugee and immigrant women in the metro Altanta area, advocates representing diverse ethnic communities formed a community coalition in 1996. In 1998, the coalition formally adopted the name “Tapestri” and functioned as a project of the Refugee Women’s Network.
In 2002, Tapestri became its own independent organization created to address the needs of foreign-born survivors of violence. Since 2002, the organization has evolved to work collaboratively with mainstream and ethnic organizations in addressing multiple forms of gender-based violence and oppression occurring in refugee and immigrant communities.
Specifically, Tapestri conducts advocacy and outreach to increase community awareness and provides streamlined access and direct services for foreign-born survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Tapestri Inc. is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities, using culturally competent and appropriate methods. As advocates for immigrant and refugee families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation, Tapestri Inc. is committed to using education, community organizing, direct services and advocacy to improve the lives of those it serves.
Our name, “Tapestri,” symbolizes the different threads of society coming together to form a safe cover to protect its many colored communities.
We believe every person, men and women alike, have the right to live without fear. Tapestri exists to increase access to services for refugee and immigrant communities. We believe everyone should be able to seek and receive help and services which are respectful of his/her community, language, culture, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability and religious beliefs. Recognizing that this is a lifelong process, Tapestri staff, board members and partners attempt to live and model these values through interactions within our communities and amongst ourselves.
Illustrated in the diversity of backgrounds of Tapestri stakeholders, our philosophy is one of respect and celebration of our differences while sharing the belief that gender-based violence is inexcusable, regardless of individual cultural norms.
We do not see domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation as the problem of an individual, woman or man, couple or even one particular community, but rather, a human rights issue. It is a phenomenon which perpetuates in societies whereby gender inequality and the use of violence are accepted as normal behavior. Tapestri seeks to educate individuals and agencies so these destructive norms will not be continued into the next generation.