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Rima Najia receives ICIRR Civic Empowerment Award

Rima Najia receives ICIRR Civic Empowerment Award

Arab American Family Services (AAFS) Citizenship & Immigration Coordinator, Rima Najia, was recently recognized with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Civic Empowerment Award for her tremendous leadership in advocating for AAFS clients. Rima was officially recognized at ICIRR’s NAI/IFRP End of the Year Celebration on June 22 at Instituto Del Progresso Latino in Chicago.

The end of year celebration, which brought together ICIRR member organizations, community leaders, and community members we serve, aimed to highlight the great work accomplished for our communities in the past year.

Rima remarked on her recognition:

“I’ve been trying to find a way to describe how grateful and thankful I am to receive the ICIRR Civic Empowerment Award. I’m blessed to have been able to serve my community by helping people become citizens of the United States and voting members of the community.”

“I love seeing the change in my clients from the moment they come to my office seeing if they qualify – to the moment they actually receive their certificates [of citizenship]. It’s a feeling worth all the effort and stress we might go through. It’s a sense of accomplishment and pride at the end of the day.”

Rima began as a volunteer at AAFS in 2011, and upon learning about the immigration department, took the training necessary to become a Department of Justice Accredited Representative. After she became the AAFS Immigration Coordinator in 2013, day in and day out, Rima has helped clients overcome extremely challenging immigration hurdles while offering the much needed support they need every step of the way.

AAFS congratulates Rima for her outstanding achievements in immigration services and making a positive difference in the lives of so many of our community members over the years.

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