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VICTORY: SB 3488 Passes Senate Executive Committee – plus next steps!

VICTORY: SB 3488 Passes Senate Executive Committee – plus next steps!

Dear AAFS Community, We are pleased to announce that SB 3488, the Anti-Registration Program Act, passed in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee yesterday in Springfield, Illinois! As part of Illinois Muslim Action Day, organized by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Arab American Family Services (AAFS) joined partner organizations in Springfield to encourage support for the bill from state lawmakers. The Anti-Registration Program Act will continue to ensure that Illinois does not cooperate with against...

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM), Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is participating in an annual global campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. For the month of April, we will be presenting at local colleges and tabling outside of our office to share information and spread awareness about sexual assault. AAFS offers a 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline if you need immediate help 708-945-7600. AAFS provides safety planning,...

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Take Action: Urge your Senator to support a Welcoming Illinois

Take Action: Urge your Senator to support a Welcoming Illinois

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) encourages you to contact your Senator and urge them to support Senate Bill 3488, the Anti-Registry Program Act. The bill establishes an Anti-Registration Program Act which ensures that the state of Illinois will not participate in a registry program or provide any personal demographic information to any government authority that is requesting it for the purpose of creating a registry program and/or requiring registration of people in the program. Read more about the bill TAKE ACTION Contact your Senator...

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AAFS calls for 2020 Census citizenship question to be removed

AAFS calls for 2020 Census citizenship question to be removed

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) calls for a citizenship question to be removed from the 2020 Census. The Department of Commerce recently announced the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census which has sparked opposition from former Census directors, business leaders, and community leaders. Itedal Shalabi, executive director and co-founder of AAFS, responded to the department’s decision: “Even though Census responses must remain confidential, Arab Americans and many other immigrant communities, fear how the U.S....

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Thank you for your support at our #SpiritOfEmpowerment Gala!

Thank you for your support at our #SpiritOfEmpowerment Gala!

Dear AAFS Community, The board and staff of Arab American Family Services (AAFS) thank our sponsors, friends, and attendees for your support at our #SpiritOfEmpowerment Gala this past Saturday! We were honored to share the evening with you in recognizing the contributions and achievements of amazing women in our local communities and around the world. Our emcee, Khaled J. Elkhatib, carried the evening through a variety of presentations starting with a welcome by AAFS Board Vice President Denise Martinez, testimonies by AAFS beneficiaries,...

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Our #SpiritOfEmpowerment Gala is sold out – THANK YOU!

Our #SpiritOfEmpowerment Gala is sold out – THANK YOU!

Our #SpiritOfEmpowerment Black Tie Fundraising Gala on Saturday, March 24 at Palos Country Club is officially sold out – we thank you tremendously for your support! We look forward to having you join us in recognizing five amazing women with the AAFS Spirit of Empowerment Award, listening to a special keynote address by Cook County State Attorney, Kimberly M. Foxx, and enjoying entertainment by Nesreen Abulaban of Style Me Couture. We’re very excited about this event and look forward to seeing you there! If you’re...

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