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Welcome to the 2013 Spring issue of
AAFSC's newsletter!

We have lots of news to share and celebrate with you as April is Arab American Heritage Month. In addition to announcing our new Disaster Relief Program at AAFSC, we have a few upcoming events that you do not want to miss.  We would also like to wish the Bengali community a Happy New Year.
As always don’t forget to check out our blog to find out what we are up to.
Upcoming Events:
May 14 2013: “Healthy Families: an Islamic Perspective” by Imam Khalid Latif
June14, 2013: AAFSC’s Annual Health Fair
June 19 & 20, 2013: AAFSC & Peaceful Families Project seminar on domestic violence
October 17, 2013: Save the date for AAFSC’s 20th Anniversary Gala
AAFSC's new Disaster
Relief Program
After the devastating events caused by Hurricane Sandy, AAFSC is proud to announce that it is partnering with Catholic Charities to provide much needed assistance to survivors of the hurricane to help them recover and rebuild. Four Disaster Case Managers, serving 140 cases at any one time at full capacity, will provide clients with compassionate, culturally-competent, and linguistically appropriate support services. This includes how to effectively access available resources, and navigate complex or confusing systems.  For further information please contact Nyasha Griffith at
 â€œHealthy Families: an Islamic Perspective” Presentation
AAFSC is pleased to announce Imam Khalid Latif’s upcoming presentation on “Healthy Families: an Islamic Perspective.”  Imam Khalid Latif will offer guidelines on how to improve family ties, develop better communications within families, prevent domestic violence, and enhance integration into American life for Muslim Americans.  Imam Latif is New York University’s Chaplain, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU and Chaplain for the NYPD.  The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday May 14, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at AAFSC’s downtown Brooklyn office located at 150 Court Street, 3rd Floor. We hope you can make the event.  If you need any additional information, please contact Mohamed Arguine at
Lena Alhusseini, Brooklyn’s female power player
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Brooklyn Exposed recognized 20 female power players in Brooklyn including our own Executive Director Lena Alhusseini.  She was honored for her work on domestic violence and child abuse in Brooklyn and beyond.  Lena joins an impressive roster of women including Tina Chang, Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, Sandra Chapman, Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn and Karen Gould, the first woman president of Brooklyn College. Congratulations to all 20 women!
Free Hepatitis Screenings
In conjunction with the African Services Committee, AAFSC’s Health Program is coordinating free and confidential Hepatitis B and C screenings at our center in Brooklyn every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm.  Those testing positive will receive a free evaluation with a doctor from the Hepatitis Outreach Network at Mount Sinai Hospital. The goal of this campaign is to screen 2,000 people over the next 5 months. In addition to providing screenings, educational information on hepatitis is also provided to raise awareness amongst the community. As an incentive, $5 Metro Cards are offered to those being screened.  For further information please contact Maha Attieh at
Spotlight on Youth Artist
Muna, a talented artist and anime aficionado, from our Youth Program continues to create impressive art works.  Her latest piece entitled “Me, Myself, and My Hijab” is a brilliant social commentary, as well as beautiful illustration. Muna, age 15, writes, “Hijab is like my book cover, if you judge me by it you will NEVER know who I really am…”
NYPD Community Appreciation Day
At a beautiful ceremony on April 22 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, the New Immigrant Outreach Unit of NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau recognized 27 honorees on Community Appreciation Day.  AAFSC is humbled and honored that three key people from our organization were recognized alongside fellow community advocates: Executive Director Lena Alhusseini, Director of Operations Hizam Wahib and Health Program Manager Maha Attieh.  All honorees were awarded plaques in recognition of their selfless dedication and service to the immigrant community of New York City.  We salute them all!
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