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African Services Committee Update
Dear Friends, 

Let us hope the Administration’s siege of immigrant community reached its peak in 2018. Proposed revisions of Public Charge legislation, separation of families at our borders, and the announcement that domestic and gang violence would no longer be considered grounds for asylum, rank high among the many inhumane orders we battled. 
The New Year has already shown signs that the tide might be turning — at least at the State level — as advocates remain galvanized at every conceivable front, the New York State Legislature passed the Dream Act, and Mayor de Blasio announced NYC Care, an initiative guaranteed to provided affordable health care coverage for all NYC residents. 

ASC welcomed the President's State of the Union announcement to end AIDS by 2030, but without a comprehensive proposal that includes evidence-based policies, ensured access to quality healthcare for all in the U.S., and guaranteed funding for efforts to battle HIV/AIDS across the globe, the goal of ending AIDS cannot be achieved.

Although perhaps only a glimmer, we may be seeing a positive shift in momentum for human rights we have been fighting for the last couple of years. And rest assured, with our 38th year of service in full swing and so much work to be done, African Services Committee’s dedication to direct service and advocacy here and abroad is unflinching. 

Last year at our headquarters in Harlem, our diverse and compassionate staff served refugees and immigrants from nearly 120 countries across the globe — testing for infectious diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis, distributing nutritious food to thousands of families, supporting LGBTQ asylum seekers, providing free and affordable legal immigration services to newcomers, teaching literacy to new immigrant adult learners, providing case management and housing assistance, and navigating clients to much-needed health care. Our Health and Community Development Centers in Ethiopia continue to lift thousands of women and children impacted by human rights abuses, war and ethnic persecution, climate disaster, famine, and diseases of poverty. 

Whether you are new to African Services Committee or have been with us on this road for decades, we are grateful for your support. We would also like to thank all of ASC’s anonymous donors whose generosity deserves much recognition. We wouldn’t have the critical funding we need to allow us to do our work without the support of each of you, our supporters. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by our Harlem headquarters or one of our clinics in Ethiopia -- you are welcome anytime.

Warmest Wishes, 

Kim and Asfaha
African Services Committee applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement to guarantee comprehensive health care through Health and Hospitals, to all New York City residents regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.

Read ASC's full statement here.
ASC Clients Visualize Sound at “Studio Squared: Layers of Listening” Workshop
African Services Committee clients visualizing sound at the “Studio Squared: Layers of Listening” art workshop thanks to our neighbors at the  The Studio Museum in Harlem This workshop marked the first in a series of art workshops in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Join Us: NYC Immigrant Heritage Week Art Workshop at African Services April 17 - Reserve Your Spot Today
This art workshop is ASC's second in an ongoing series in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem .

Experiment with bold colors and geometric shapes to tell stories of journeying from one place to another. Inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence, this hands-on workshop will begin with a brief discussion of selected images from his Migration Series. 
Following the conversation, teaching artist Monique Schubert will guide participants through a series of individual and collaborative art-making exercises, intended to explore the medium of collage. Participants are encouraged to create multiple collages that reflect their experiences of migration within and across borders.  All are welcome! Free. French and Spanish translation offered.

Learn more and register here . Space Limited.
ASC in Albany: Dream Act Passes; Advocates Push for Coverage for All
African Services Committee advocates pushed for pro-immigrant health care reform over the course of two visits to Albany in January. The resounding highlight was the Democratic-led New York State Legislature approving the Dream Act that for the first time will offer undocumented students access to state financial aid and scholarships for higher education. The passing of the bill marks a great achievement for immigrant rights organizations who have been advocating for the Dream Act for nearly a decade.
African Services Committee Advocacy Director Amanda Lugg, pictured here far left, along with fellow advocates met with elected officials including NY Senator Gustavo Rivera’s office in Albany, to represent the Coverage For All  Campaign in NY. More than 400,000 New Yorkers statewide are not eligible for health insurance due to immigration status. For many, this means their first stop in their health care journey is the emergency room. Health care is a human right and must be extended to everyone in the State.
African Services Committee's Policy Advocate, Bakary Tandia, pictured here center right, and fellow New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) members from across New York, met with elected officials in Albany to boost support for the immigrant community across New York on policies such as Census 2020, driver's licenses for all New Yorkers, Coverage for All health care, legal services, and education.
NYC Commission On Human Rights  Commissioner Visits ASC
Thanks to  NYC Commission On Human Rights  Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis for visiting our Harlem headquarters where we had a fruitful discussion on a variety of pressing issues affecting African communities in NYC.
English as a Second Language Program
ASC’s lauded English as a Second Language program provides free, tailored language and literacy lessons to help immigrants communicate and build opportunity for themselves and their families. ESOL instructors and volunteer tutors teach an average of a dozen students of all nationalities, in each of three class levels, languages and academic backgrounds twice a week.

Currently, classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. To register, come to African Services during those times and speak with an ESL coordinator to be evaluated and placed in the correct level learning group.
For more information and to learn about volunteering as an ESL instructor please call (212) 222-3882 or email  Andrew Greene , TESOL Coordinator, here .
ASC Ethiopia: Community-Based Response to Community Need
Now more than ever, our Ethiopia programs serve patients who are impacted by climate disaster, human rights abuses, war and ethnic persecution, famine, and diseases of poverty.

Since 2003, ASC’s Ethiopia clinics have provided free HIV and TB clinical services to nearly 200,000 of the most marginalized and educated approximately 1,000,000 people in HIV prevention. In one year, ASC Ethiopia provides: 20,000 children, women, and men with HIV and TB testing and treatment, 7,000 children and pregnant women get intensive nutritional support, 18,000 children get new shoes, 6,000 women and girls receive reproductive health care, and over 100 families get income-generating support.
Take a look at these videos spotlighting African Services Committee's Health and Community Development Centers in Mek’ele and Ziwey as well as ASC Ethiopia client Alemitu who is also featured in ASC's Annual Report.

ASC Ethiopia provides a true community-based response to community need, and support is needed now more than ever to keep our Ethiopia clinics open. Click here to donate.
A look at African Services Committee's Health and Community Development Center in Mek’ele, Ethiopia.
African Services Committee's Health and Community Development Center in Ziway, Ethiopia.
ASC Ethiopia Honey Farm Project
African Services Committee Ethiopia is staffed entirely of Ethiopian doctors, nurses, lab technicians, case managers, pharmacists, administrators, outreach workers, and, as seen in this album, beekeepers. One of African Services Committee’s two honey farms are lead by beekeeper Meresit (pictured right and throughout a photo album here ) in remote Wukro, Gheralta in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. Click here for more images for ASC's Honey Farm Project.
Combatting a Silent Killer: ASC Hosts Coalition Against Hepatitis in People of African Origin
In this photo Coalition Against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO) members preview new outreach materials in the ongoing fight against a silent killer in the Africa community, viral hepatitis, at a recent CHIPO meeting held at African Services Committee’s headquarters in Harlem. Learn more about CHIPO's work here .
Viral hepatitis disproportionately affects African, Asian, and Pacific Islander immigrant communities in the U.S. An estimated five to 18 percent of African immigrants in the U.S. are affected by hepatitis B alone, with less than 20 percent aware of their infection because symptoms might not show up for decades, according to a recent Hepatitis B F oundation report.

African Services utilizes long-time partnerships with local African leaders, African community radio shows, and community and faith-based institutions, to combat pervasive viral hepatitis stigma and lack of awareness by conducting targeted, multilingual outreach and mobile testing campaigns throughout NYC’s five boroughs. 

All are welcome to walk in to ASC’s Testing Center in Harlem Monday to Friday to receive free and confidential health screening for viral hepatitis, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, diabetes, hypertension, maternal and infant health education, low-fee TB testing, navigation to affordable care, and referral to cancer screening.
ASC's Fête de Fin d'Année
In case you missed it: ASC's Harlem headquarters was filled to capacity as ASC staff, clients, friends, family and colleagues turned out to enjoy a global array of food, drinks, dancing, and drumming at our fête de fin d'année, Dec. 14, 2018. Our holiday party is a highlight of the year; a way of showing our gratitude to all clients, supporters and staff. Big thanks also goes to  Deejay Baini  on the turntable and Rich Faye on drums. Check out photos here .
ASC Clients Receive Free Winter Coats
African Services staff unloaded a bounty of winter coats to give to ASC clients thanks once again to  New York Cares for providing coats just in time for the frigid temps.
New Dance Fitness Class Coming to ASC Feb. 13
Beginning Feb. 13 join us Wednesdays at 5:30 for new Shape Up NYC exercise course "Dance for Life." Fitness instructor, Candice, will lead the dance fitness class at ASC’s 3rd floor event space, which uses easy to follow dance steps to maintain cardiovascular health. All welcome! No prior dance experience needed to participate. Free!

Click here for more info.
ASC is Hiring
ASC's offices in New York City are hiring a Legal Program Coordinator . Learn more about opportunities to join a team dedicated to helping immigrants who have fled persecution or unrest in their home countries. Click here to learn more.  

ASC's dedicated staff will continue to fight for our clients. We need you to join the fight, too, by