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Trump ends DACA, AAFS fights back.

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Sep 5, 2017 in Blog, Events, news | 0 comments

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his policy decision to officially terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 6 months, putting nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation if a deal isn’t made to protect them. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program enacted in 2012 under the Obama administration to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Through this program, DACA recipients, or “Dreamers,” can obtain valid driver’s licenses,...

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HOW TO: Apply for Asylum

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jul 25, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Every year, thousands of people come into the United States seeking protection from dangers abroad, whether those dangers come in the form of economic, political, or even social instability or persecution. In 2015 alone, 84,182 affirmative asylum applications were filed. So HOW can one apply for asylum? The prerequisite for applying to asylum is simple. Essentially, an asylum seeker must prove that he or she has a legitimate fear of persecution based on one or more o the following: Race Religion Nationality Membership in a particular social...

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A Change of Heart: #SuccessStories

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jul 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

#SuccessStories is a new series highlighting inspiring stories from clients, employees, volunteers, and/or any other AAFS affiliates. It is our belief that genuine love for the community we serve combined with hard work leads to nothing short of magic. Our first Success Story submission is from Salah-Aldean Abdullah, one of AAFS’s social services case workers. “When I found out that you guys help out with electricity, I couldn’t help but think: Cr*p! I’m going to have to deal with these camel jockies,” she said loudly, walking...

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Take-On-Hate Rally: a great start to an ongoing effort!

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jul 14, 2017 in Blog, Events, news | 0 comments

Take-On-Hate Rally: a great start to an ongoing effort!

With over 300 activists and community members rallying outside the Palos Township office and a meeting room at over-capacity, this Monday’s Take on Hate rally had an inspiring turnout. Now, the Palos community is bracing itself for a second rally at the next Palos township meeting to continue putting pressure on Brannigan to resign. Organized by the Take on Hate campaign in partnership with several other organizations including AAFS , this rally aimed to hold Trustee Sharon Brannigan accountable for her anti-Muslim remarks on both her...

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What Used To Be

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What Used To Be

*A reflection piece by Maria Ontiveros, one of AAFS’s domestic violence case workers.  In the lives of many women of the past, a healthy relationship, equality in the relationship, and fair treatment was never an option. In fact, many were taught that they were merely housewives, sabotaging their opportunities to learn, study a profession, or be independent women if that was what they wanted to be! In patriarchal systems of previous societies, women were raised or taught to obey men and to do as their husbands “said so” or...

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URGENT ACTION REQUESTED

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, news | 0 comments

Support the Illinois TRUST Act- call Gov. Rauner NOW. URGENT ACTION: We need your help- Support the TRUST Act! The Illinois Trust Act would prevent state law enforcement agencies in assisting in immigration actions unless there's a warrant. It would also offer protections for places like schools and other safe havens.To voice your support, we need you to make TWO phone calls: one to Gov. Rauner's Springfield Office, and one to his Chicago office:Chicago: (312)-814-2121Springfield: (217)-782-0244CALL SCRIPT:"Hello, my name...

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AAFS App Wins Verizon Innovative Learning Contest

Posted by Ayah Chehade on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Gallery, news | 0 comments

AAFS App Wins Verizon Innovative Learning Contest

This past week, a team of three Gwendolyn Brooks Academy students qualified to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning showcase, winning first place for their app design. Ambrelyn Rodriguez, Jaquelyn Romero, and Mareanna White collaborated to design an app that would serve the needs of AAFS clients.     “We created a multi-language accessible app with an event calendar and a hotline that would allow the clients to be assisted when needed,” said Jaquelyn Romero. “Our app is...

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Looking Back | A Fellows’ Reflections

Posted by Nour Zein on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, Gallery, news | 0 comments

Reflection by: Helwa Saleh   “I went from a naive girl to an independent and strong woman. Going into this fellowship I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited. I had a lot of ups and downs, but it was the most impactful nine months of my life. It was hard to navigate around, trying to find out all of the services AAFS had, but once I was on the floor I became shocked at all that we offered. I learned valuable leadership, outreach, and organizing skills. With those skills, I was able to create a new and expanding young adults...

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Ramadan While School is in Session

Posted by Nour Zein on May 31, 2017 in Blog, Featured, news | 0 comments

Ramadan while school is in session Saturday, May 27, 2017, marked the first day of Ramadan this year. Ramadan is the sacred month for Muslims across the world. For those of you who may not know, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset for 29 or 30 days (depending on the moon sighting). Because it has been over 5 years since Ramadan took place during the school year, school administrators and faculty were not sure what to expect or how to approach this year’s, Ramadan.   With long days of fasting, it can be challenging for all ages,...

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AAFS is Accepting Applications for Fellowships. Could You be Our Next Fellow?

Posted by Nour Zein on May 31, 2017 in Blog, Events, Featured, news | 0 comments

Interested in learning more about Arab American Family Services while gaining hands-on experience? You’re in luck! We are now accepting applications for our 2017-20018 Fellowship, sponsored by National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). If you are a college student or recent graduate, interested in a fellowship opportunity with an Arab American non-profit organization, apply today at: https://goo.gl/forms/45n5h8kIaJJ4orhl2 Deadline is August 1, 2017! Check out the link below to learn more information about the...

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