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African Services, Partners Hold Legal Clinic on Ebola-Related Temporary Protected Status

On May 2nd, 2015 African Services Committee's legal team partnered with the United States Sierra Leonean Association, the City Bar Justice Center, volunteer attorneys from around the city, Staten Island Liberian Community Association, and the Guinean Association of Staten Island to conduct the second free Ebola-related temporary protected status (TPS) legal clinic for nationals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The clinic took place at the United States Sierra Leonean Association in Park Hill, Staten Island.  

 

Volunteer attorneys explained what TPS grants, helped attendees complete the TPS application, explained fees and the fee waiver process, work permit application and answered questions.  

 

More than two dozen attendees received free legal assistance.  

 

TPS is a temporary status for nationals of designated countries, usually those that have experienced a conflict, natural disaster, or some other extraordinary event. TPS gives these nationals a safe haven from being legally compelled to return to their country, while their country experiences one of these extreme events. Haiti was designated as eligible for TPS following the earthquake in 2010. 

 

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Spotlight on ASC's Amazing ESL Instructors

Comment dites-vous "incroyable" en Anglais? ASC's ESL instructors, that's how.

 

Every Tuesday and Thursday evening when most of African Service's staff are heading home for the day, ASC's dedicated English as a Second language, ESL/ ESOL, teachers begin their labor of love: Helping immigrants develop the language and literacy skills they need to interact, engage and build opportunity for themselves and their families.
 

Lauded as a model for community-based ESOL programs, ASC is proud to provide an exemplary program flexible to the needs of students of all nationalities, languages and academic backgrounds. Staff includes TESOL Coordinator Amy Kaiman, and volunteers Jonathan Parker, Ryah Parker, Sanae Nakayama, Ayesha Rehman, Kethan Takkellapati Rao, and Devon Golaszewski.

 

Read more: Spotlight on ASC's Amazing ESL Instructors

World Hepatitis Day and the First-Ever NYC World Hepatitis B Awareness Week

ASC took part in a five-borough World Hepatitis Day awareness campaign, followed by a "Freeze Mob" at Foley Square. World Hepatitis Day is recognized around the globe to raise awareness on the real-life impact of viral hepatitis. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 400 million people have chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and most of them do not know they are infected. More than 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis, commonly cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is important to know the risk factors for hepatitis, talk to family and friends who may be at risk, speak to your health care provider about treatment and strategies to remain healthy.

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Trip to the North: Update on ASC Ethiopia's Testing, Care Clinics

African Services' co-executive director Kim Nichols recently returned from yet another eventful trip to Ethiopia, where she witnessed first hand all the exciting things she had been hearing about ASC's HIV testing and care clinics. Nichols' visit primarily focused on trips throughout the northern region of the country where ASC's three oldest clinics operate: Addis Ababa's Shola MarketKombolcha, and Mekele.

Read more: Trip to the North: Update on ASC Ethiopia's Testing, Care Clinics

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