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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE: We are so excited to announce Mojito owners Luam Wersom and Juan Carlos Ganz will be holding a fundraising event for ASC's Ethiopia clinics on Sept. 9, 2015 at Seattle's largest indoor and outdoor music venue Nectar www.nectarlounge.com. Details to follow!
The exceedingly generous folks at Seattle’s landmark restaurant MOJITO aren’t just about serving the finest Latin American cuisine; they are also dedicated to extending a helping hand to some of the most vulnerable and at risk populations around the globe. Thanks to owners Luam Wersom and Juan Carlos Ganz, this year Mojito is helping African Services Committee raise critical financial support for their five grassroots health clinics in Ethiopia, which are providing comprehensive HIV/ TB prevention, testing and care services for the most vulnerable children and families—many of whom have been orphaned by AIDS or come from families living on less than $1 a day. A donation of as little as $15 to African Services Committee can provide one week of nutrition and food supplies for a family in Ethiopia. Donations go directly to those in need.
Please click here to donate. Simply select "ASC Ethiopia (general)" to designate the donation to ASC's Ethiopia program and write Mojito Seattle under the section "I want my donation to be dedicated" to dedicate the donation to Mojito Seattle.