CAPI Center in Focus with Freddie Bell


The Centre for Asians and Pacific Islanders (CAPI) began in 1982 as a Mutual Assistance Association, responding to newcomer needs of Southeast Asian refugees. It has evolved into an inclusive multiethnic organization with over 20 employees who serve 3,000 immigrants and refugees from Asia and Africa per year. Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, our mission is to provide culturally-grounded services to communities in transition, achieved mainly through two integrated programs of workforce development and basic needs social services.

Ekta Prakash has been serving as CAPI’s Social/ Health Services Manager since February 2007. Ms. Prakash has earned her bachelors in Sociology from Patna University and then later pursued her Master’s in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics. Before coming to United States Ms. Prakash worked as a volunteer for a Women Literacy program. After finishing her education, she came to United States in 2001. Her career has revolved around non-profit organizations serving diverse communities. Ekta also has a Masters in Public and Non-profit Administration. Listen on Saturday March 23 as Freddie Bell talks with Ekta on issues involving aging refugees. The podcast is also available here at



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