California's top Hmong leaders will hold a groundbreaking Hmong Domestic Violence Forum on Saturday to discuss the cultural stigma of domestic violence and create a plan of action for prevention and change.
The forum was inspired by the case of Pa Nhia Vue, a Wisconsin woman who was murdered and then burned to death by her husband in June. Neither her own family nor her husband's would claim her body and give her a proper Hmong funeral.
"In the Hmong community, domestic violence is an issue that no one wants to talk about because they still carry the mindset that a man has the right to discipline his wife. And anyone who steps in to help is violating his right and could face a fine through the traditional clan system," said Mycie Xiong, spokeswoman for a coalition of four nonprofits hosting the free event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5625 24th St. Sacramento.
"We cannot let Pa Nhia Vue suffer these these injustices in vain," Xiong said. "Now is the time to work towards equality."