United Territories Of Pacific Islanders Alliance

A nonprofit organization

$672 raised by 9 donors

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$5,000 Goal

United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, also known as UTOPIA is a queer and trans people of color-led, grassroots organization born out of the struggles, challenges, strength, and resilience of the Queer and Trans Pacific Islander (QTPI – “Q-T-pie”) community in Washington State. Since 2009, UTOPIA has worked with QTPI leaders to create a safe, welcoming, supportive, and vibrant space for members of our community to address basic needs, build pathways toward new expanded career and life opportunities, foster a sense of common purpose, and advocate for social justice, education, and overall wellness among members of the Pacific Islander LGBTQI community. We also seek to build trust and common ground as a convener and bridge-builder between the Pacific Islander community and the LGBTQI community, who often share many of the same issues and concerns.

Since its inception in 2009, UTOPIA has worked to build power and help our community members access resources, employment, stable housing, higher education, culturally competent healthcare, and more. Founder, Executive Director, and Fa’afafine Leader, Taffy Maene-Johnson saw an influx of queer and trans Pacific Islanders emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in search of opportunities and the need to address the inequities in access. These community members faced hardships in securing employment due to race and gender-based discrimination and were often pushed into sex work, low-paying hard labor jobs, and contracted out-of-state jobs where their rights as workers were violated and where there was limited access to healthcare. We approach community work through an intersectional and cultural lens. Our cultural identity plays an integral role in the way we care and fight for the liberation of queer and trans people of color. 

Our Mission: We are actively replacing systems of oppression with ecosystems of care and safety for our communities through Black and Brown organizing, prioritizing land and bodily autonomy and reclaiming our cultural narratives. 

Our Vision: A world of abundance, autonomy, and harmony, where ALL forms of supremacy cease to exist for all life. 

We hope you'll join us in making this vision a reality by becoming a donor today. No donation is too small, and every dollar goes directly to supporting our community through the comprehensive services we offer. Thank you for coming on this journey with us, as we work to cultivate pathways together. 


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Organization name

United Territories Of Pacific Islanders Alliance

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Community & Economic Improvement


LGBTQ+, Asian & Pacific Islander, Black & African American, Indigenous & Native American, Youth & Children, Low-Income, Immigrants & Refugees


841 Central Ave N Ste #C-106
KENT, WA 98032

Service areas

Kent, WA, US

Federal Way, WA, US

Tacoma, WA, US

Seattle, WA, US

Renton, WA, US


253 478 3941

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