Lata D’Mello

Lata D’Mello is the Assistant Director (Iowa City) of Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She works primarily as an advocate, providing direct services to API victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also trains and supervises advocates, edits Monsoon’s communication materials and performs outreach. She has led an oral history project on older Asian women in Iowa who have been victims of sexual assault. Lata hails from Mumbai, India. She also has had about 22 years of experience as a journalist in newspapers in India, Singapore and the United States. Her interests are social and economic justice, gender studies, community health, and arts and culture. Lata can be reached at