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Episode 2: Community Partnerships

In Episode 2 of AAFSC’s newest video series, we explore the power of community partnerships to holistically address the impact of COVID-19 in immigrant communities with special guest, Sheleeza Deen.

June 29, 2022

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


AAFSC Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Decision

AAFSC’s Statement on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Ruling

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Seeking Safety on World Refugee Day

This World Refugee Day, we focus on “the right to seek safety” for all our community members in New York City and throughout the United States who identify as refugees, asylees, and displaced individuals.

June 17, 2022


Episode 1: The Impact of COVID-19 in Briarwood, Queens

In Episode 1 of AAFSC’s newest video series, we explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Briarwood, Queens with special guest, Sheleeza Deen.

June 15, 2022

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


Community Health Needs Assessment

Assessing the quality of health and healthcare access in AMEMNSASA communities and examining potential
gaps and deficiencies in the level of healthcare access among AAFSC’s service population.

Community Health & Well-Being


Affordable Health Services in NYC’s Immigrant Communities

Proximity of FQHCs in New York City’s underserved, socially vulnerable Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian communities.

Community Health & Well-Being


The Time is Now: Pass the Afghan Adjustment Act and Support Afghan Newcomers

In AAFSC’s newest position paper, we assess the challenges facing Afghan newcomers and social service organizations like ours supporting their resettlement and provide legislative recommendations, including passing the Afghan Adjustment Act to secure long-term safety for Afghans affected by this crisis.

Community Health & Well-Being, Legal Services, Cultural Competency


Mental Health Initiative Program Evaluation

NYC’s immigrant and refugee communities are experiencing an unprecedented need for mental health support. In this report, we examine the impact of AAFSC’s Mental Health Initiative.

Community Health & Well-Being, Mental Health Initiatives


Recapping Ramadan 2022 and Fuel Your Community

Our Ramadan Campaign, Fuel Your Community, has officially ended and here’s a recap of our impact this month.

May 3, 2022

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


CBS News: AAFSC Opens New Location in Brooklyn

CBS reporter Cindy Hsu visited our new Atlantic Avenue Community Center, in honor of Arab American Heritage Month.

May 2, 2022

Food Security Initiatives, Preventive Services, Mental Health Initiatives


AAFSC Contributes to New Aspen Institute Brief on 2Gen Immigrant & Refugee Families

AAFSC partnered with the Aspen Institute to share our experience about how language serves as a major obstacle for immigrant families when not properly addressed and the practices that we are using to provide 2Gen services to immigrant and refugee families.

April 28, 2022

Cultural Competency


The People’s Money in Briarwood, Queens

The NYC Civic Engagement Commission recently wrapped up “The People’s Money,” a participatory budgeting program that will send over $1 million to neighborhoods most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about how AAFSC is addressing food insecurity in Briarwood, Queens through a community garden project.

April 12, 2022

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


AAFSC Opens its Doors to Brooklyn Community with New Site

The Arab-American Family Support Center opened its latest location in Brooklyn, providing support for Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian, and Muslim communities for 27 years. You can read the full News 12 article and watch the video coverage, here.

April 11, 2022

Adult Readiness, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Aiding Survivors at the Queens Family Justice Center

For the 75% of Queens Family Justice Center clients born outside the U.S., our Anti-Violence program team is there to help survivors access the resources they need to begin their healing journey. You can read the full Queens Daily Eagle article, here.

April 7, 2022

Anti-Violence Program


Press Release: AAFSC Grand Opening & Citizenship Celebration

On Friday, March 25th AAFSC celebrated the Grand Opening of their newest Atlantic Avenue community center with a Citizenship Celebration, diaper and book distribution, food distribution, and more. Read the full press release, here.

Adult Readiness, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


An AAFSC Funny Girls Participant Reflects on Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we spoke with one of our Funny Girls participants about one of her role models and the ways in which she embodies the qualities of a Funny Girls leader and youth advocate!

March 29, 2022

Young Adult & Youth Program


AAFSC Testifies Before the NYC Council Committee on Finance

On March 2nd, AAFSC was honored to join the Asian American Federation in testifying to the NYC Council Committee on Finance, requesting that the Committee expand funding for Citywide Initiatives that ensure more AAPI/immigrant-led and serving groups are adequately funded to support marginalized communities.

March 23, 2022

Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Adult Readiness Evaluation Report

In the AAFSC Research Institute’s latest Program Evaluation report, we examine the measurable impact of our services and take a closer look at AAFSC’s expansion and evolution of our adult education initiatives in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adult Readiness


AAFSC Testifies Before the NYC Council Committee on Women & Gender Equity

On Tuesday, February 22nd AAFSC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Women & Gender Equity, shedding light on the critical barriers immigrant and refugee survivors face when accessing services in New York City.

March 3, 2022


AAFSC Hosts Food Distribution Event in Honor of Team Member

In honor of our dear friend and colleague, AAFSC organized a food distribution drive and vaccine van, in coordination with The Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) and NYC Health + Hospitals. Together, we distributed over 200 bags of culturally appropriate food items and vaccinated 11 people against COVID-19.

February 14, 2022


A Message from AAFSC to Our New NYC City Councilmembers

The Arab-American Family Support Center congratulates the newly inaugurated NYC Council members and celebrates the launch of a historic year for representation in our city’s government.

January 21, 2022

Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Opinion: NYC Needs a Mayor’s Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs

New York City’s AAPI community is the fastest growing population in the city. Along with nearly 60 community-based organizations, AAFSC is calling on the Adams Administration to strengthen City Hall’s relationship with New York’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by establishing a Mayor’s Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs. Read the op-ed.

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Housing Needs Panel Discussion

Watch our Housing Needs Panel Discussion that discusses the nature and severity of housing insecurity in low-income immigrant and refugee communities and solutions that will support families in securing and maintaining stable housing.

Emergency Fund, Community Health & Well-Being


Housing Needs Assessment Report

The AAFSC Research Institute conducted a comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment survey with over 350 families to better understand the nature and severity of this housing crisis.

Emergency Fund, Community Health & Well-Being


News Concerns: 10 Ways to Teach Kids About Giving

How young can we start teaching children about giving back to their community, volunteering, or fostering gratitude? The answer is as early as possible! In News Concerns recent article on “8 Ways to Teach Kids about Giving”, AAFSC’s Volunteer Program was highlighted as a way for Brooklyn-based families to support vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.

December 22, 2021


Government Aid Efficacy Report

In this latest report by the AAFSC Research Institute, we examine the efficacy of recently launched government economic recovery programs, such as the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), the Excluded Workers Fund, and the Expanded Child Tax Credit, in reaching low-income immigrant and refugee communities.

December 21, 2021

Emergency Fund, Community Health & Well-Being


BREAKING: NYC Moves to Allow Noncitizens to Vote in Local Elections

After decades of tireless advocacy, New York City just became the largest municipality in the country to allow legal residents to vote, following a veto-proof margin with 36 out of 51 councilmembers sponsoring the bill. 

December 9, 2021

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Health Messaging for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities

The AAFSC Research Institute is proud to have contributed to the SUNY Prepare Innovation and Internship Seed Grant Program’s recent study on addressing the impact of COVID-19 vaccinations on limited English proficient populations in NY.

Community Health & Well-Being, Mental Health Initiatives


Cultural Competency Secrets to Success Panel Discussion

Hosted by the Aspen Institute, AAFSC joins a panel discussion on Cultural Competency Secrets to Success.

December 6, 2021

Racial Equity & Inclusion


AAFSC’s 2021 Impact Report

2021 was a monumental year for AAFSC and our communities – serving 10,000 clients this past year. Read our 2021 Impact Report for a summary of the successes we accomplished with your support!

November 30, 2021


Program Evaluation: Food Security Program

New from the AAFSC Research Institute: Our Food Security Program supports individuals in achieving food security through our SNAP Enrollment Program, resource navigation, direct food distribution, and emergency funding.

November 19, 2021

Emergency Fund, Food Security Initiatives


Event Highlight: “A Night in Little Egypt” Community Dinner

AAFSC organized a community dinner at “Mombar” in Astoria, Queens to raise funds for our food security initiatives.

November 18, 2021

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being


Columbia University’s Report on COVID-19 and Health of Immigrant Women

AAFSC’s Research Institute informs a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of immigrant women.

November 12, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Mental Health Initiatives


It’s Election Day, New York City. Let’s Get Out The Vote!

Today is NYC’s General Election and we have the power to enact change for our City’s future!

November 2, 2021

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Press Release: AAFSC Announced as SPARK Finalist for Brooklyn Community Foundation 

The Arab-American Family Support Center Announced as Finalist for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s SPARK Prize, Joining Twenty Nonprofits That Have Sparked Change in Brooklyn, NY

November 1, 2021


Literature Review: Examining the Impact of Domestic Violence on Caregivers and Children

AAFSC reflects on the complex and layered impact of Domestic Violence on survivors, children, and the caregiver-child relationship.

Anti-Violence Program, Caregiver Child Bonding Circle


Program Evaluation: Anti-Violence Program (AVP)

New from the AAFSC Research Institute: Our Anti-Violence Program provides wrap-around case management, advocacy, and domestic violence counseling to survivors from immigrant and refugee communities. Our adapted MOVERS evaluation measures these indicators of empowerment and demonstrates the effectiveness of tailoring domestic violence services to the needs of immigrant survivors.

Anti-Violence Program


AAFSC Volunteer Voices: Linguistically Accessible Materials in Health Outreach

Sylvie Mayer is an eleventh-grade student based in Brooklyn, NY and a communications volunteer with the Arab-American Family Support Center. Interested in writing and spreading awareness about under-resourced populations in New York City, she hopes to use her passion to connect with her local community in a meaningful way.

October 8, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


Program Evaluation: Young Adult & Youth Program

New from the AAFSC Research Institute: Our Young Adult & Youth Program aims to support the overall cognitive, social, and emotional development of youth and young adults. Recent results from our Knowledge-Attitude-Behavior survey breaks down self-perceived measures of improvement in key outcome areas, including: college/career readiness, academic enrichment, healthy behaviors, advocacy, female empowerment, and safety & belonging.

September 23, 2021

Mental Health Initiatives, Young Adult & Youth Program


Head Back-to-School with AAFSC

As millions of children head back-to-school for in-person learning across New York City, AAFSC is leveraging all four priority areas – Prevent, Promote, Get Ready, and Communicate – to support young learners and their family members with the transition.

September 13, 2021

Young Adult & Youth Program


AP: Two Decades After 9/11, Muslim Americans Still Fighting Bias

As the nation commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Muslim Americans remember the enduring impact of rising Islamophobia. In a recent article by the Associated Press, NYC Council Candidate Shahana Hanif shares her experience growing up in the shadow of 9/11, battling suspicion, mistrust, and nationalism – a familiar story for many Muslim New Yorker’s.

September 10, 2021

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Collaboration Between Health and Human Services Sectors

A recent report from the Human Services Council states that ‘Community Based Organizations (CBOs) play a crucial role in addressing health-related social needs and many are prepared to engage in VBP arrangements that improve community health for all New Yorkers.’ As a contributor to this report and a long-time collaborator with Health Care Organizations in New York City, AAFSC is leveraging our position to improve health outcomes for vulnerable New Yorkers.

September 8, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Mental Health Initiatives


Program Evaluation: Caregiver-Child Bonding Circles (CCBC)

The AAFSC Research Institute’s newest report takes a deep-dive into one of our early childhood programs, The Caregiver-Child Bonding Circle. We highlight evaluation results and examine the impact of culturally-responsive early childhood intervention and caregiver support.

Caregiver Child Bonding Circle


NEW: AAFSC’s Community Needs Assessment Report

Dissecting over 900 responses captured between March 2020 and June 2021, The AAFSC Research Institute’s Community Needs Assessment Report captures the immense and evolving impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable community members.

August 20, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Mental Health Initiatives


Food, Health, and Vaccine Equity at the Arab-American Family Support Center

In response to COVID-19’s impact on refugee and immigrant families, AAFSC partnered with the New York City Health and Hospitals Mobile COVID-19 Clinic, Astoria Welfare Society, and Queens Together on July 28th to distribute over 120 bags of food and provide free, on-site COVID-19 vaccinations to community members outside our Brooklyn Headquarters. 

August 13, 2021

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being


News4Jax: 13-Year-Old Advocates for COVID-19 Vaccine Among Florida’s Arab-American Community

AAFSC’s COVID-19 Impact Report was recently highlighted in News4Jax, a local news agency in Jacksonville, FL. Through these findings, we’ve found that vulnerable immigrant communities have been reluctant to get tested for COVID-19 due to a disproportionate lack of medical access and immigration-related repercussions.

Community Health & Well-Being


Vaccine Hesitation: A Word from One of our Young Community Members

Written by Sylvie Mayer Summer is here and is in full effect! For some, it’s like reopening their favorite chapter book; for others, it can be scary and confusing. For the past year and a…

July 28, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being


Coming Soon: AAFSC’s Research Institute

Too often, Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian populations are not counted accurately in data collection efforts, and the lack of data disaggregation in mainstream research activities renders these communities voiceless.

After years of building our capacity to measure and evaluate program outputs and outcomes, AAFSC is focusing our efforts on additional research and enhanced analysis that expands our understanding of community needs and the impact of culturally appropriate intervention, while contributing to a repository of information on populations for which there is a considerable dearth of high-quality, data-driven information.

In collaboration with research partners across New York City and beyond, AAFSC’s Research Institute publications will contribute knowledge and resources to all who seek to advance the prosperity of immigrant and refugee communities.

Stay tuned for more!


2020 Impact Report

2020 was an unprecedented year for AAFSC and our communities. Read our 2020 Impact Report for a summary of the successes we accomplished with your support!

July 8, 2021


COVID-19 Impact Panel Discussion

Watch our COVID-19 Impact Panel Discussion that discusses the findings of our COVID-19 Impact Report, the unique impact of COVID-19 on immigrant, refugee, and low-income communities, and solutions on how to build a healthier New York for all.


COVID-19 Impact Survey Report

To understand the full impact of COVID-19, AAFSC invited our clients, most of whom identify as immigrants and refugees, to complete a comprehensive survey. The results of this survey will help guide and improve AAFSc’s…

Community Health & Well-Being


COVID-19 Impact Survey Report Round 2 Results

As a follow-up to our COVID-19 Impact Survey Report, conducted in Summer of 2020, AAFSC invited a second group of our clients to complete the survey in Winter 2021. These Round 2 results track the evolving impact of COVID-19 and highlight the lingering ramifications of this public health crisis.

Community Health & Well-Being


Honoring World Refugee Day

  This World Refugee Day, the Arab-American Family Support Center stands with our community members who identify as refugees, asylees, and displaced individuals. We honor and recognize these individuals and communities throughout New York City…


Gothamist: NYC Muslims Plans For COVID-19 Vaccinations During Ramadan Interrupted

AAFSC spoke with Gothamist about how community-based organizations are tackling vaccine misinformation and the importance of receiving adequate funding and resources to reach these communities.

April 20, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being


BK Reader: AAFSC Receives Funding To Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy Among Vulnerable Groups

AAFSC is proud to have been selected to receive special funding from Brooklyn Communities Collaborative and Maimonides Medical Center to support COVID-19 vaccination and outreach efforts throughout Brooklyn.

April 12, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


NPR: Trying To Assess COVID’s Impact On Arab-American Communities Is Complicated

Immigrants and refugees are disproportionatly impacted by COVID-19 due to compounding issues, including language barriers, lack of remote work options, and fears of impact to immigration status. AAFSC recently spoke to NPR to share what we have learned in the past year as a front-line agency.

April 11, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


NEWS 12: AAFSC Provides Aid to Immigrants Across NYC

News 12 Brooklyn stopped by AAFSC’s headquarters to learn more about how we’re supporting vulnerable community members during COVID-19.

April 7, 2021

Emergency Fund


PRESS RELEASE: AAFSC Awarded Grant To Reduce Food Insecurity Among Children

AAFSC is proud to receive an Early Childhood grant from No Kind Hungry to help decrease food insecurity among children. This funding will help us ensure that the children AAFSC serve have the food they need to grow and thrive.

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being


AAFSC Celebrates New Queens Office with Vision Day Event

In response to the growing need for culturally and linguistically competent service delivery, AAFSC is proud to open a new office in Queens. To celebrate the opening of the new space, the agency held a special Vision Day event in partnership with Helen Keller Institute (HKI).

March 31, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being


Brooklyn Eagle: AAFSC Honored at Brooklyn Heights Association 2021 Annual Meeting

AAFSC was proud to receive a Brooklyn Heights Association Community Service Award through our work distributing Brooklyn Heights Together funds to marginalized Brooklynites.

March 5, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


USA TODAY: Arab Americans Suffer An Unseen COVID-19 Crisis

AAFSC’s COVID-19 Impact Survey Report was recently highlighted in a USA TODAY article that brings attention to the impact of COVID-19 on Arab-Americans, a vulnerable community that is made invisible due to non-inclusive data collection.

March 1, 2021

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


Dear President Biden: End Public Charge Now

Young girls and women in AAFSC’s AYWA Initiative sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to consider the detrimental effects of the “public charge” ruling on immigrant families and put an end to it once and for all.

February 19, 2021

Young Adult & Youth Program, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Honoring Black Immigrants During Black History Month

This Black History Month, AAFSC is proud to stand alongside our partners, allies, and community members in honoring and recognizing Black communities in New York and across country, including Black immigrants and refugees, who, just like other immigrant populations, influence the development of the U.S.

February 18, 2021

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


New Executive Orders Bring Relief to Immigrants

President Joe Biden signed three new executive orders on February 2, 2021 to roll back Trump-era regulations restricting legal immigration, reunite families, and streamline the naturalization process.

February 5, 2021

Legal Services, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Welcoming a Shining New Era for Immigrants

On Day 1 of the Biden Administration, AAFSC was encouraged to see a historic new plan that rolls back egregiously xenophobic policies that have sought to harm and separate immigrant and refugee families in New York and across the country.

January 22, 2021

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Press Release: AAFSC Advocates for Protection of Undocumented Immigrants in Vaccine Program, Gov’t Agrees

The federal government has agreed not to collect undocumented identification as part of the federal vaccine program following a letter from Governor Cuomo and 52 community-based organizations, including AAFSC.

December 10, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being


Letter: Governor Cuomo and Community-Based Organizations Urge Protection for Undocumented Immigrants in Vaccine Program

Governor Cuomo and a coalition of groups, including AAFSC, issued a letter to Department for Health and Human Services Secretary urging the federal administration to support underserved communities and protect undocumented immigrants in the federal COVID-19 vaccination program.

December 1, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being


BRIC TV: Opera Singer Sam Dhobhany Featured in Short Documentary

Long-time AAFSC participant and young opera singer Sam Dhobhany was featured in a BRIC TV short documentary that highlights his musical journey and what inspires him.

November 30, 2020

Young Adult & Youth Program


AAFSC’s Farah Salam Wins UNH Civic Advocacy Award

AAFSC is proud to celebrate our very own Farah Salam, who was honored with the United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) 2020 Civic Advocacy award due to her work around the 2020 Census, Public Charge, and COVID-19.

November 20, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Medium: Remaining on the Front Lines During COVID-19

As New York continues to weather COVID-19, AAFSC remains on the front line providing uninterrupted service to immigrant and refugee community members. Learn more about how we’re balancing safety with presence for our clients during this crisis.

October 27, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being


Texas Tribune: The Census Doesn’t Count Arab Americans

AAFSC was proud to speak with the Texas Tribune about the barriers and exclusions that prevent Arab-Americans from fully participating in data collection efforts like the census.

October 19, 2020

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, AAFSC rededicates ourselves to breaking the cycle of domestic and gender-based violence. Learn more about what activities are going on this month and how we’re adapting to COVID-19.

October 13, 2020

Anti-Violence Program


BKLYNER: Senator Schumer, Support New York’s Immigrants During COVID-19! – OP-ED

In partnership with the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign, AAFSC is urging Senate leadership to push forward the HEROES Act and ensure our immigrant families are not left behind.

July 20, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being, Legal Services


How COVID-19 Exposes the Healthcare System’s Gaps

Immigrants are bearing the brunt of COVID-19. The data being collected by New York, however, fails to capture this and limits our ability to fully understand who is disproportionately impacted by this public health crisis so that we can better respond in the future.

July 2, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity & Inclusion


Celebrating Ramadan During COVID-19

Ramadan is traditionally a time when the Muslim community partakes in uplifting communal activities, including group prayer and feasts. This year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means making difficult changes to Ramadan to adapt to social distancing directives.

April 23, 2020

Food Security Initiatives, Community Health & Well-Being


The Guardian: Coronavirus upends US Census Outreach

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is upending the 2020 Census, disrupting an already fragile operation that faced immense challenges in counting marginalized populations. The Guardian recently intervewied AAFSC about how COVID-19 has changed our 2020 Census outreach plans.

March 30, 2020

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


NPR: No Middle Eastern Or North African Check Box on Census

For decades, the U.S. government has categorized people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa as white on the decennial census. AAFSC joined NPR for a conversation about this gap in the question about race and what being left out yet again in 2020 Census means to those communities.

March 11, 2020

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


2020 Census FAQs

The 2020 Census is coming up and AAFSC is working hard to ensure every New Yorker is counted! Feeling unprepared? Read our informative FAQs post to learn more about what the Census is, why it is important, how to fill it out, and what languages it will be available in.

February 18, 2020

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Celebrating Black History Month at AAFSC

AAFSC considers every day an opportunity to celebrate racial and cultural diversity but we are taking dedicated time this February to reflect on the crucial role that the Black community has played in shaping our history and how we can all collectively serve as better allies and advocates.

February 7, 2020

Racial Equity & Inclusion


Muslim Ban Expanded to 6 Countries

On January 31, 2020, the Trump Administration aimed a new attack at immigrant communities by signing a presidential proclamation expanding the Muslim Ban to six additional countries: Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

February 1, 2020

Legal Services


Troubling Update on Public Charge

On January 27, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of allowing new changes to “public charge” that seek to target immigrants, which had been halted in October 2019, to now be implemented at the discretion of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

January 30, 2020

Community Health & Well-Being, Legal Services


Honoring AAFSC’s New Citizens and Sharrif Wilson’s Legacy

To kick off 2020, AAFSC was proud to host a Citizenship Celebration to recognize AAFSC students who became citizens in 2019, as well as honor the legacy of Sharrif Wilson through a Day of Service.

January 17, 2020

Adult Readiness


AAFSC’s End-of-Year Reflection

For immigrants and refugees across New York and beyond, 2019 was an alarming and tumultuous year. In the face of rising xenophobia, racism, and hate, AAFSC doubled down and strengthened our commitment to our mission.

December 23, 2019


Press Release – AAFSC Announced as Complete Count Fund Awardee

AAFSC is pleased to announce it has received an award from the NYC Complete Count Fund — a partnership between CUNY, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council.

December 9, 2019

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


BRIC TV: Loans for Refugees

AAFSC’s New Immigrants and Refugees Fund was recently featured on BRIC TV, exploring the effect debt has on immigrant and refugee families.

December 5, 2019

Emergency Fund


The U.S. Census is Coming!

The U.S. Census, set to be distributed in mid-March, is one of the most important events taking place in 2020. An undercount in the 2020 Census puts New York at risk of losing funding, resources, and more.

November 22, 2019

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


An Update on Public Charge

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Monday, August 12th that the proposed changes to the public charge rule have been finalized and will take effect on Tuesday, October 15th. Learn what this means and next steps to take.

August 28, 2019

Legal Services, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


How Precision Medicine Can Transform our Healthcare System

The All Of Us Research Program seeks to prioritize precision medicine which would benefit all communities, including AMEMSA communities, which are currently underrepresented in our healthcare system.

July 15, 2019

Community Health & Well-Being


The Intersection of Pride Month and World Refugee Day

Throughout Pride Month and on World Refugee Day, AAFSC is taking time to acknowledge the intersection between the fight for full human rights across LGBTQIA+, immigrant, and refugee spaces.

June 20, 2019


USA TODAY – National Grant Recipients for “A Community Thrives”

AAFSC was 1 of 16 non-profits across the U.S. selected to win a 2019 National Grant through USA TODAY’s A Community Thrives Program!

June 11, 2019


BK Reader – Eid Celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

AAFSC partnered with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to host an Eid Celebration, welcoming Brooklynites to learn the story of Eid al-Fitr and interact with a variety of exciting activities.

June 9, 2019

Young Adult & Youth Program


Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits Could Be Subject to Deportation Under New Department Of Justice Proposal

Reuters reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) drafted a proposal that would make it easier for the current administration to deport U.S. lawful permanent residents who use critical public benefits.

May 20, 2019

Community Health & Well-Being, Legal Services


WBAI Radio – AAFSC Segment Feature

AAFSC’s President and CEO, Rawaa Nancy Albilal, was interviewed live on WBAI Radio 99.5FM NYC speaking about the rise of hate crimes in New York and the services AAFSC provides to our immigrant and refugee community.

April 22, 2019

Legal Services


AAFSC Welcomes Act to End Travel Ban and Prevent Future Discrimination

AAFSC applauds the introduction of legislation in both houses of Congress today proposing to end the anti-Muslim Travel Ban that has torn families apart and shamed our country.

April 10, 2019

Legal Services


NPR – U.S. Census to Collect Responses in Arabic

The upcoming U.S. Census will be collecting responses in Arabic for the first time in history – but it will also be heading online. AAFSC was featured in NPR speaking about the accessibility of the #Census2020.

April 1, 2019

Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


Press Release – AAFSC Celebrates Arab-American Heritage at Borough Hall

AAFSC is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Borough President and local community based organizations to present the annual Arab-American Heritage Celebration on April 4 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

March 27, 2019


The New York Times – Welcome, Refugees. Now Pay Back Your Travel Loans.

For decades, the State Department has funded travel loans to refugees that must be paid back to resettlement agencies who keep a portion of the payments. Some advocates think they should not be taking money from those they are trying to help.

March 21, 2019

Legal Services


BKLYNER – Youth Rally Against Hate

AAFSC was proud to join the Youth Rally Against Hate hosted by Council Member Chaim Deutsch. Our Youth Program participant, Malaz Gadai, represented AAFSC by giving a personal statement against hate crimes in our city.

March 5, 2019

Young Adult & Youth Program, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights


The Importance of Black History Month

We are proud to recognize Black History Month and remember those who helped pave the way for all marginalized people.

February 28, 2019

Racial Equity & Inclusion


Who Will Be Counted?

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau sets out to count every single person living in the United States. What does this mean for the communities we serve, and why is there so much fuss more than a year ahead of Census Day in 2020?

February 11, 2019

Racial Equity & Inclusion, Civic Engagement & Know-Your-Rights