Donnalynn Rubiano is a Staff Attorney at ALA focusing in the areas of domestic violence and immigration. She works primarily with persons who have experienced abuse and have been victimized by violent crimes.
Starting at ALA in 1989 when resources for abused immigrants were lacking and the laws providing relief to abused immigrants were just developing, she organized the Asian Women’s Bridge with friends in social services and the community to share information about domestic violence through culturally and family friendly events. This method of community education proved to be a successful model to make the sensitive topic of domestic violence more accessible to immigrant communities. The model was further developed and used again later with the ALA supported coalition, Asian Pacific Americans Against Domestic Violence, which hosted domestic violence prevention “family nights” for the Vietnamese community, Chinese community, South Asian community, Pacific Islander community and Filipino community in Santa Clara County.
Donnalynn has received awards for her work from the Women’s Fund, Asian Americans for Community Involvement and the Human Relations Committee of Santa Clara County. Before getting her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, she received a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.