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The Hmong American Women’s Association names Tammie Xiong as their new Executive Director. The Hmong American Women’s Association officially announces Tammie Xiong as their new Executive Director. “I think about the legacy of this organization and what it has done for Hmong women and girls and it truly humbles me that I get to serve a community I care so much about,” Xiong says about her new role. “I’m excited to join the HAWA team, which has an exceptional team with some of the most resilient, intelligent and strong Hmong women leaders I have ever met.” HAWA has provided social services, cultural programming, and leadership development for Hmong women and girls in Milwaukee since 1996. In fact, Xiong’s mother, Nor Yang, was one of the founding members of the organization. “My mother is really the reason why I care so much about Hmong women’s issues,” Xiong says about her mother’s impact and influence in herlife. “I remember volunteering as a youth to watch children in one room while my mother was working in the next room with the group of Hmong mothers. She has been the best example of what advocating and building sisterhood looks like. I want to continue that legacy of building sisterhood and supporting one another as Hmong women and girls.”Since early 2000s, HAWA has provided domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy services to respond to the growing cases of gender-based violence happening within the community. Theirmission is to advocate for social justice through collective action. Ahmee Vang, Board Chair is pleased with this decision and fully supports Tammie’s transition ofher new role as Executive Director. “We, as the board, are excited to strengthen HAWA’s current programming as well as add on other services such as mental health support and employment development to help the clients that we serve. We believe Tammie can really help to make this happen for the organization.”