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Palestine Film Festival Kicks Off it’s 14th Year

The Palestine Film Festival is kicking off again in Chicago for it’s 14th year. Since it began in 2001, there have been over 250 films that have been featured in the event, which is the longest running film festival dedicated to Palestine and Palestinians. Thank you to ABC 7 in Chicago for this wonderful feature story:   http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/chicagos-palestine-film-festival-begins/668515/

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AAFS Hosts First Foster Care Seminar

Arab American Family Services kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a seminar on foster care. It is undoubtable that there is a lack of foster parents in the Arab American community. The seminar, which was held on Tuesday, March 31 at the Mosque Foundation Youth Center in Bridgeview, brought together representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as a former attorney who served as a guardian ad litem for children who are in the foster care system. A guardian ad litem is a guardian appointed by the court...

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AAFS Hosts Immigration Workshop

Arab American Family Services will be hosting an Immigration Workshop on Saturday, March 20, 2015 at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo in Bridgview. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will run from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Please arrive on time. Please join us! ...

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AAFS to Host First Annual Workshop Discussing Foster Care

On Tuesday, March 31st, Itedal Shalabi, co-founder of Arab American Family Services, in correlation with the Department of Children and Family Services, will be hosting the first workshop focusing on foster care, entitled Foster Care 101. The event will take place at the Mosque Foundation Youth Center, 7260 W. 93rd St. in Bridgeview. It will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. The foster care system is a a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for the care of a child or children whose birthparent is unable to care for them. It...

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AAFS Gets Trained on Immigration Reform

    At Arab American Family Services, we are always working on trainings that will keep our staff up to date with all the changes in public policy. This morning, AAFS had a training hosted by Fred Tsao, Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The seminar was to discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the issues that are ongoing in Congress. Two issues discussed were the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood...

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AAFS Sends Their Condolences to the Families of the Chapel Hill Murders

The recent tragedies that occurred in Chapel Hill, NC have effected people around the country. Newlyweds Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were killed in a shooting Tuesday in Chapel Hill. A neighbor of Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. At Arab American Family Services, we want the victims of the families to know that we send our heart-felt condolences to them. The murders have sparked much...

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AAFS Takes Part in Immigration Summit

Arab American Family Services, in collaboration with their partner’s ICIRR and other organizations, were proud to take part in ICCIRR’s 4th Annual Immigration Integration Summit and Citizenship Workshop held at Daley Center. The statewide summit drew attendees from across the state, as well as government officials, legal advisors and potential United States citizens, all coming together to discuss Administrative Relief, Deportation Defense, Health Care, the State Budget and others issues. Please click on the link below for coverage...

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AAFS Takes Part in Statewide Immigration Summit

  Arab American Family Services was proud to be part of the ICCIR’s 4th Annual Immigrant Integration Summit and Citizenship Workshop that was held on Saturday, January 31st at Daley College. Community members from all over the state were on hand for workshops on Administrative Relief, Deportation Defense, Health Care, the State Budget and others issues. With a new Governor and a Mayoral election in Chicago, there was also an opportunity to make our voices heard by assembled political leaders on these issues. AAFS representatives...

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AAFS Attends Immigration Conference in Los Angeles

      Arab American Family Services co-founders Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha were honored to take part in the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Los Angeles. The three day conference featured speakers from the country’s leading experts on immigration reform and integration. It featured many goal-oriented workshops discussing this year’s historic immigration strides. Hosted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the National Partnership for New Americans, the NIIC...

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AAFS Honored to Receive Winter Clothes Donation for Clients

Benedictine University’s Student Justice for Palestine in conjunction with St. Xavier University, collected clothes and coats for three weeks and chose Arab American Family Services as one of three donating sites. The items were mostly winter clothes, including sweaters, coats, scarves and gloves. We are honored to be chosen to help give back to clients and others in the community who are in need of warm clothes for them or their families. Please check out the link below to see more from the winter clothes...

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