Empowering Women in the Asian American Community

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Mission + Vision + Values

KAN-WIN’S mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, by empowering Asian American survivors and engaging the community through culturally competent services, community education and outreach, and advocacy.


OUR VISION is to create healthy communities free from violence and oppression, in which all women and children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


We believe that all women have the right to live free from violence and oppression. These are OUR VALUES.

We believe that women can best act on the interests of women.

We believe that violence against women is one symptom of the subordination of women in society. Until women are recognized as equals, violence against women will be tolerated and perpetuated.

We believe that our objective as a woman-centered feminist organization is to create social change.

We believe that abusive situations can be changed and that women can be empowered through education, advocacy, and intervention.

We recognize that immigrant women and women with disabilities are especially vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual assault.

We work collectively to promote the philosophy of equality without regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

We operate through a consensual decision-making process.

Our Story

As Asian immigrant women, we have heard many stories from our fellow sisters who have been subject to physical, emotional, and sexual violence with no place to go for safety and support. These painful stories cannot be ignored because these women could be our mothers, sisters, friends, daughters, and even ourselves.

In the late 1980s women's advocates and social service providers came together in response to the growing demand for domestic violence services in the Korean American community. Out of these discussions came the formation of KAN-WIN. KAN-WIN was officially founded on August 15, 1990 on the 45th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule. This historical date signifies KAN-WIN’S vision of a world free from oppression and violence.

Over the next two decades, we have grown to become one of the premier agencies in the U.S. with the expertise in serving Asian American & immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Through a set of intensive wrap-around services, including a multilingual 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, transitional housing program, etc., we help address complex and unique barriers that many immigrant survivors face as they seek to escape from abuse. All of our services are free and confidential, and we strive to provide them in the survivor’s own language.

Previously, KAN-WIN went by the name of “Korean American Women In Need.” In 2013, we decided to go solely by “KAN-WIN” because our clientele became much more diverse since it opened its doors. With the name change, we want to show our commitment to meeting the great diversity of cultural and linguistic needs in the greater Chicagoland area.

There is a folk wisdom from Asia that says: Happiness increases as we share it with others; pain decreases as we share it with others. We at KAN-WIN want to be sisters and a listening ear to share the pain and walk with survivors of violence through their journey toward freedom and healing.

The KAN-WIN Family

Executive Director

Associate Director

Case Manager

Advocate Counselor

Children's Program Coordinator

Legal Advocate

Sexual Assault Services Program Specialist

Community Education and Outreach Coordinator

Peer Advocate Leadership Program Coordinator

Youth and Young Adult Organizer

Executive Director

Youngju Ji, first became involved with KAN-WIN in 2000 as a volunteer coordinator then moved on to manage the Transitional Housing program. For over a decade, she has been involved as a volunteer, board of director, and consultant for various community based organizations whose mission involved social change, including serving as a board president for KAN-WIN for two years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC), an immigrant advocacy organization. Youngju is an immigrant from Korea and has over 10 years of experience being involved with a movement building project in Korea that uses culture (percussion, street theater, dancing, etc.) as a way to provide community education and organization around issues such as gender, class, and environmental justice. She also has over 6 years of professional experience in communications and public relations. Youngju has been KAN-WIN’s Executive Director since 2007.

Associate Director

Ji Hye Kim, received Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 2008 and has worked with low-income individuals and families, as well as immigrants and refugees, in various capacities. Prior to law school, Ji Hye worked for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she managed a community economic development program and facilitated train-the-trainer workshops on a financial literacy curriculum for social service agencies. As a law student, Ji Hye clerked at the Northwest Justice Center in Seattle, Washington, assisting low-income immigrants and refugees with public benefits issues. With passion for serving underprivileged immigrants, Ji Hye joined KAN-WIN in 2010 to manage the agency’s legal advocacy program, and in 2013, became the Associate Director.

Join the Team

Thank you for your interest in KAN-WIN! Please see below for open positions and click on the job postings to learn more about them and how to apply!

Direct Services Supervisor/Counselor

Gender-Based Violence Counselor

Board of Directors

Cecilia Suh, President

Associate Attorney
Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman & Dunn LTD.

Eunkyung Kim Shin, Treasurer

Associate Attorney
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Esther Hurh, Secretary

Independent Consultant, Education and Project Management

Susie An


Chee-Young Kim

Co-Founder of NowSecure
Community Member

Sophia Kim

Community Member

Susanna Kim Vitayaudom

Senior Graphic Designer
Art Institute of Chicago

Soyoung Kwon

Assistant State's Attorney
Office of the Cook County State's Attorney

Mary Yoo

Associate Attorney
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Our Supporters

We express our sincere thanks to our supporters! Here is a list of corporate, foundational, and government supporters from 2016.

Corporations & Foundations

Alphawood Foundation

Allstate Foundation

Asian Giving Circle

Chicago Foundation for Women

CAN International

The Crown Family

Field Foundation

Frieda Corporation

Polk Bros. Foundation

Ravenswood Health Care Foundation

Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation

United Way

Women of the ELCA

Local, State and Federal Government

City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

City of Des Plaines

Coook County CDBG

Illinois Attorney General

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Illinois Department of Human Services

Northfield Township Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Contact Us

Need immediate assistance? Call our 24-hour hotline at: 773.583.0880.
For all other inquiries, please contact us at our office phone numbers or at

Chicago Office

Address of Chicago office is confidential.
Please call the hotline or Chicago office telephone number to make an appointment to come in.

P.O. Box 25644 • Chicago Illinois • 60625
773.583.1392 • 9am to 5pm
Suburban Office
Park Ridge Illinois • 60068
847.299.1392 • 9am to 5pm
  • chicago office

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    chicago illinois • 60647
    suburban office
    p.o. box 996 • park ridge illinois • 60068
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