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African Services Committee

New York, United States
Joined July 2019

African Services Committee is a multiservice agency dedicated to assisting African immigrants and improving the health and self-sufficiency of the African community in New York City and Ethiopia.

Presence in: Ethiopia, United States
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Health

Founded in 1981 by Ethiopian refugees to give a helping hand to other newcomers, today African Services is a multiservice agency based in Harlem and dedicated to assisting immigrants, refugees and asylees from across the African Diaspora.

Our programs address the needs of newcomers affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities. We provide health, housing, legal, educational, and social services to 10,000 people each year. Staff representing more than 20 countries and speaking over 25 languages provide culturally and linguistically relevant support to this diverse and growing community.

Expanding HIV prevention and access to AIDS treatment and care is central to our mission. African Services has taken this work from Harlem to the frontlines of the global pandemic and now operates four HIV clinics in Ethiopia.

We are committed to challenging stigma and discrimination at all levels and supporting individuals, families and communities most impacted by AIDS. Combined with life-saving treatment, this care and support has transformed thousands of lives.

People Associated With This Organization

Samah Sisay

United States  
African Services Committee
Joined July 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Right to Information
Samah Sisay is currently an attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow at African Services Committee. As a fellow, Samah provides free immigration legal representation and advocacy tools to African and Caribbean immigrant women impacted by gender-based violence. Samah received her legal degree from NYU Law and is interested in learning more to effectively apply a legal empowerment approach to citizenship and gender justice work.

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