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African Services Committee Update 

ASC's Advocacy Director, Amanda Lugg, introducing a Social Determinants of Health panel at the Communities for Health Equity (CTHE) Consortium Conference at SUNY Global Center "Engaging CBOs in Health Equity." 
Engaging CBOs in Health Equity
African Services Committee is proud to be the elected Manhattan hub lead organization for community-based organization (CBO) Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment ( DSRIP ) strategic planning.

In short, this means African Services works in tandem with the Communities Together for Health Equity (CTHE) Consortium of Manhattan-based CBOs to increase the engagement of community-based providers in the Medicaid reform effort now underway in New York State, addressing the social determinants of health. The consortium aims at enabling CBOs to fulfill their rightful role in promoting and facilitating the health of the community.

Interested in learning more? Contact Amanda Lugg at Amandal@africanservices.org 

PEOPLE Magazine Spotlights ASC Family, Ilfenesh Hadera & ASC 
Check out this spectacular article in People magazine on ASC family, Billions and Baywatch Movie star actress Ilfenesh Hadera, and African Services Committee:

"I think about my Instagram followers: If all of them donated $1 to ASC, they'd be funding five clinics in Ethiopia for a year, and that's huge."

Read the full story here.

Abraham Paulos is among the hundreds of thousands of black immigrants in the United States who are facing an uncertain future. Image: THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
For Some Black Immigrants, Life In Limbo  
ASC's  Immigrant Community Law Center - ICLC  attorney, Mauricio Norona, was recently quoted in the HuffPost News  about the influx of immigrants facing deportation. 

Thanks to Teresa Wiltz of  The Pew Charitable Trusts  Stateline.

Click here to read the full story. 

ASC's ICLC Offers  Free Legal Consultations  to  DREAMers  

Since President Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, ASC and our Immigrant Community Law Center have been offering free legal consultations to any of the hundreds of young ICLC clients who sought temporary immigration relief under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ASC also participated in the The New York Immigration Coalition 's DACA Day of Action, providing free DACA renewals to individuals whose status expires on or before March 5, 2018.

Trump deferred to Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018. Click HERE to contact your Congressional representative. Demand Congress protects the 800,000 DREAMers who were brought to this country as children.    

Contact ASC's Immigrant Community Law Center at help@immigrantcommunitylaw.org or call (212) 222-3882

Judge: Case Dismissed After Arrest in Defend DACA Rally

ASC's Policy Advocate, Bakary Tandia (front, second from left), rallying to defend DACA before being arrested along with more than a dozen New York Immigration Coalition members and fellow activists.

This week a judge ruled to adjourn and dismiss the case.

ASC Testing Center Coordinator, Halimatou Konte, conducts free health screening at the Senegalese Association. 

ASC joins Senegalese Association in Health Screening Event 
African Services Committee joined our longtime partners at the Senegalese Association for a free health screening and legal immigration information event at ASA's headquarters in Harlem. Throughout the day, ASC's testing center staff provided free screening for blood pressure, blood glucose, viral hepatitis , and HIV.

ASC Immigrant Community Law Center licensed attorneys were also on hand to answer general legal questions and schedule consultations.

ASC Takes to the Stage in Somi's Petite Afrique Performance
& Dialogue Series 
Prodigiously talented songstress, Somi, performed her latest album 'Petite Afrique' in a "one NYC show only" kick off to her nationwide performance and dialogue concert series. 

Following the performance, a panel featuring African Services' Case Manager, Adizatou Maiga (pictured here), moderator Dr. Sterling, and Amaha Kassa discussed the African  immigrant experience in the United States. Thanks to Somi for inviting us to join the Petite Afrique stage in what was a magical night of music and dialogue.

ASC's  ICLC  attorney, Jessica Greenberg, speaks at a post-screening panel recently about behind-the-scenes in the beautiful, must-see film "Refugee."
Documentary Featuring Beloved ASC Client Garners Numerous Awards
Screenings of the short documentary "Refugee," which featured beloved ASC client, Aicha, have been held in select cities across the country, garnering numerous film-festival awards. A portion of special screening ticket sales also went to benefit Aicha's children. ASC Immigrant Community Law Center's dedicated staff worked tirelessly to help Aicha and secure a bright future for her children. 

Learn more and see the trailer here

ASC Policy Advocate, Bakary Tandia (pictured forefront right). Image courtesy of Africa Times. 
Denied access to Mauritania, ASC's Policy Advocate Presses On
En route on a mission to "show solidarity and support for those working against slavery and its legacy" in Mauritania, African Services Committee's Policy Advocate and steadfast anti-slavery activist, Bakary Tandia, was denied entry to his native country. Mauritania is one of the last countries in the world where people are born into slavery and face a lifetime of abuse and forced labor. A 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates 43,000 people live in conditions of modern and traditional slavery in the country.

Africa Times reported on the story here

ASC ICLC Takes Part in YMCA's 'United State of US' Know Your Rights Panel
African Services Committee  Immigrant Community Law Center  attorney, Jessica Greenberg, joined fellow legal service providers, advocates and leaders as a panelist at the YMCA "United State of US" know your rights panel. Panelists answered a range of questions about immigration and immigrants' rights at a packed Harlem YMCA's event space.  

ASC Policy Advocate, Bakary Tandia (center) and ASC advocates raised their voice with host The New York Immigration Coalition and fellow Coalition members against islamophobia and racist immigration policies in D.C. recently.

Shape Up NYC Exercise Class at ASC has Moved to FRIDAYS
Fitness instructor, Alexandre Bournery's Shape Up NYC exercise class at African Services Committee has moved to FRIDAYS! Join us every Friday from 5:15 to 6:30 pm on ASC's 3rd floor. All welcome! Free!

Image courtesy of Ella Mack | www.ellamackphotos.com
Check out these great images recently captured at African Services Committee's Henry van Ameringen Health and Community Development Center in Addis Ababa taken by the brilliant Ella Mack Photos !
Click here to see more.  

Immigrant Rights Forum 

When: Nov. 5 
2 to 5 pm

Where: Islamic Cultural Center
1105 College Ave. 
Bronx, NY 10456

- Rights & Protections of Immigrants Under NYC Human Rights Law (NYCCHR) 

- Know Your Rights & Updates on Travel Ban (ASC) 

- Questions, answers and comments 

- Community Announcements  (SIA)

Contacts: Mahamadou Diakite (347) 284 - 8013 or Bakary Camara (917) 568 - 5763 or for special accommodation or language device please contact Oscar Asencio at OAsencio@cchr.nyc.gov before Nov. 2, 2017.

Join us for ASC's Fête de Fin d'Année!

Come one, come all! ASC's annual holiday party will be full of delicious Senegalese, Ethiopian, Caribbean cuisine, dancing, drinks, and music. Festive dress encouraged!

WHEN: 6 pm to 10 pm - Dec. 15 

WHERE: ASC's Harlem Headquarters at 429 West 127th Street between Convent and Amsterdam Avenues.

Contact 212.222.3882 for more information. We hope to see you!

$10 suggested donation at the door.