The Feministing Five: Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas
April 26, 2014 To wrap up Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we spoke with Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas, founder of the Alipato Project, based in Oakland California. Bolstered by a small staff and volunteers, the Alipato Project seeks to offer an alternative form of justice for domestic violence survivors by connecting them with lawyers who help bring civil suits against their perpetrators.
One pause before we listen to Tia talk about her work (and among other things radical children’s books). The brilliance behind the Alipato Project and Tia’s method lies in the slight but important difference between civil and criminal cases.
Courage Runs in the Family
March 25, 2014 Psychologists say children who witness domestic violence are twice likely to become either perpetrators or victims of domestic violence in adulthood, because they would emulate what they think is normal behavior. In that case, Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas bucked the odds.
When she was a few months old in the womb of her mother, Tina Taruc, Tia bore the brunt of her father’s rage. In a violent outburst, he punched his pregnant wife in the stomach.
‘Alipato Project’ Defending abuse survivors
January 31, 2014 A group of believers in social justice have banded together to protect survivors of domestic violence by making their abusers financially accountable.
They call themselves the Alipato Project, named for founder Tia Canlas’ grandfather Luis Taruc. For Filipinos who know their history, the name peals.
Oakland Non-Profit Fights for Financial Rights of Abuse Survivors
June 5, 2013 One out of every three women in the world will be raped, beaten, trafficked, or abused in her lifetime. In California alone, law enforcement receives one domestic violence related call every three minutes.
Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas founded the Alipato Project in Oakland to help provide legal representation for domestic violence survivors and obtain financial restitution from their abusers. Alipato is a Tagalog noun, which means “a small glowing ember that escapes a dying fire.”
Domestic Violence Survivors and Allies: Know Your Rights Workshop
April 24, 2013 Co-founder and Staff Attorney of the Alipato Project presents legal remedies for domestic violence survivors beyond criminal justice solutions. Q&A and referrals at the end.