African Services Committee applauds Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and her colleagues for introducing the Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2015.
The HEAL Act removes the five year ban that prevents certain lawfully present individuals from accessing coverage through Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as removing the restrictions that prevent individuals granted deferred action from receiving subsidized coverage through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.
Immigrant women, the backbone of their families and communities, are more likely to be low-income, of reproductive age, and uninsured for healthcare. Individuals without health insurance may delay treatment, leading to higher costs and greater suffering, or seek care through under-resourced emergency systems such as Emergency Medicaid.
ASC is thrilled to be partnering with International Christian Center, Project Hospitality, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York and the Staten Island Mental Health Society this Sunday for a Spring family health fair.
WHEN: Sunday - April 26th 4 pm to 8 pm
WHERE: International Christian Center (ICC) - Fellowship Hall 1501 Richmond Ave., Staten Island
The fair will offer health care navigation, enrollment and referrals; free testing, as well as mental health counseling and referrals. All are welcome regardless of immigration status. Navigators speak English, Spanish, French, Korean and many African languages
African Services Committee was honored to be awarded 2015 Service Organization of the Year recently at WomenWerk's Gala. ASC's Case Manager and Policy Advocate Bakary Tandia accepted the award on behalf of Founder and Co-executive Director Asfaha Hadera, who could not attend.
"The profile of the event was greatly heightened by the exceptional achievements of the honorees and the remarkable presence of Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate and Councilman Mark Levine. The City Council Proclamation presented to WomenWerk by the latter was in appreciation of its creative leadership and its noble mission," Tandia said.
Thank you to WNYC, Harper's Magazine and NPR's Alexandra Starr for revealing the horrors of human trafficking in "Trafficked to Play, Then Forgotten." The story, which reveals how the demand for college basketball talent has led to human trafficking in countries like Nigeria, was also heard on NPR All Things Considered and The Brian Lehrer Show, with the print version "American Hustle: How elite youth basketball exploits African athletes" by Alexandra Starr appearing in Harper's Magazine April edition (click here to read the full story).
African Services' dedicated legal team, led by ASC Supervising Attorney Kate Webster along with ASC staff attorney Jessica Greenberg, worked tirelessly to help secure a bright future for Alley Ene.
Alley has set up an Indiegogo campaign to help him pay for college. Check it out here.