Who are we?
Tapestri is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in immigrant and refugee communities using culturally competent and linguistically appropriate methods. As advocates for immigrants and refugees affected by human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and exploitation, Tapestri uses 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.
To address the unmet needs of battered refugee and immigrant women in metro Atlanta, advocates from diverse ethnic communities formed a coalition in 1996. In 1998, the coalition adopted the name “Tapestri” and functioned as a project of the Refugee Women’s Network.
In 2002, Tapestri became an independent 501c3 nonprofit to address the needs of foreign-born survivors of violence. Since 2002, we have evolved to work collaboratively with mainstream and ethnic organizations to address multiple forms of gender-based violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities.
In 2008, Tapestri was awarded the Community Partnership Award by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in 2012 was named a Best Place to Work by Opportunity Knocks. In 2017, Tapestri joined the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies.
We believe every person, men and women alike, has 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 her or his 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 among ourselves.
We do not see domestic violence, sexual assault, and exploitation as the problem of an individual, couple, or even one particular community, but rather, a human rights issue. It is a phenomenon perpetuated in societies in which gender inequality and violence are accepted. Tapestri seeks to educate individuals and agencies so that these destructive norms will not continue into the next generation.
Where We Work
Tapestri is the only U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funded agency in the State of Georgia to work with foreign-born survivors of human trafficking.
In addition, we are one of only three agencies in the U.S. that provides regional agency management. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement/ Administration for Children and Families.
We provide management oversight and direct services for survivors of human trafficking throughout Region 4, which is comprised of the following eight states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina