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  • Don't Let Hepatitis B Win!


    According to the World Health Organization, "An estimated 350 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B – with Asia shouldering a disproportionately high burden – and 170 million with hepatitis C. The epidemic wreaks a trail of destruction wherever unsafe health care, injection and blood handling practices are common. Dr Steven Wiersma, medical officer and hepatitis focal point at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, says 'the burden of disease is truly dramatic, yet viral hepatitis has been forgotten [and] misplaced'."  In 2015, AFIRE will be conducting community outreach, education, and screening for Hepatitis B. For more information abour our program, contact us at (773) 580-1025.

  • VolunteerPhoto Volunteer Opportunities. Make a Statement.

    "I've always wanted to contribute to the Filipino community in Chicago, and this was a great opportunity to do so."

    - Stacy Delvo, New American Initiative Volunteer

    AFIRE's achievements could not have been possible without the positive contributions made by volunteers from diverse generations and all walks of life. They help us learn about, as well as to listen and respond to, the needs of our community. They help us to further our commitment to our community's dreams and aspirations, to become part of a vibrant, diverse society forward. 

    AFIRE's volunteer experience offers dedicated individuals the chance to meet a group of like-minded individuals, as well as opportunities to become agents of change and help further the organization's goals and vision to new levels each year.  The experience is based on the concept of "ABKD," the first four letters of the Filipino alphabet - which begins the journey of words and thoughts into pursuit of social justice: Action through Bayanihan (personal service to the good of the community), Kapitbahayan (neighborly concern), and Damayan (to help each other).  

    If you are interested in sharing your time and skills, or would like to learn more about immigration advocacy and related issues please apply now. AFIRE's volunteer programs offers a variety of oportunities that fit your interests, and can provide you with firsthand experience.  Our program schedule also makes it easy to volunteer during the weekday(s), weekends, and in the evening. 

  • Usap Usapan on Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration

    Community leaders came out to support the implementation of DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Attendees to the information session held on January 21, 2015 at the Consulate General of the Philippines at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, 16th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 agreed to spread the word about the benefits of applying for deferred actions. Meanwhile, applicants were also warned of immigration scams. It was strongly encourage that applicants seek the advice and assistance of an immigration attorney or qualified immigration representative before filing any immigration applications. 

     NOTE: Joseph Lariosa of Journal Global Links covered the November 24, 2014 Usap Usapan. Below is the link to his report.

    For more information about the Administrative Relief go to: Executive Actions on Immigration

    For local help go to: IL is Ready


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    2015 Coming Out of the Shadows

    Join the Asian American and Arab American Collaboration on Deferred Action (A4CDA) at the 2015 Coming Out of the Shadows on Saturday, March 14, hosted by Organized Communities Against Deportations! At this event, members of the undocumented community will be sharing stories and testimonies of resistance. A4CDA will be there to listen and rally in support! Every year since 2010, members of the undocumented community have publically come out as undocumented, unapologetic, and unafraid.

    We will be meeting before the event to create posters, set intentions for our attendance, and provide updates to the latest executive action on immigration. Light refreshments, posters, and markers will be provided! BRING CREATIVITY AND SOLIDARITY!

    WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015
    WHERE: Chinese American Service League (CASL)
    2141 S Tan Ct, Chicago, IL 60616
    TIME: Meet at 10:30am, we will head out to Federal Plaza around 11:45am!

    If you can't join us that morning, we still want to see you at Federal Plaza!

    Contact Kai Kai Mascarenas (773.480.4823) or Jenny Chiang ( ) for questions/information!

    On February 16, a federal district court judge issued a decision in the lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other states challenging President Obama’s executive action announced last November. Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision grants a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation of the expansion of DACA and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), where applications were supposed to open mid-May 2015. These initiatives are intended to offer temporary deportation relief to many undocumented individuals who came to the U.S. either as children or who are undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders.

    “I believe that this injunction was meant to add to the culture of fear that prevents our community members from applying to these deferred action programs,” states Carla Navoa, a DACA recipient. “However, this is a minor setback. I know the immigrant community is strong. We will push back and win.”

    For more information on DACA and DAPA eligibility requirements and necessary documents, visit USCIS at For more information on AFIRE’s work or if you are interested in having AFIRE lead an informational workshop, call us at 773.580-1025, visit the AFIRE website at, or contact Kai Kai Mascareñas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released DACA FAQs and “How Do I” information in several new languages including Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.Other multilingual resources from USCIS’s Public Engagement Division are available online.  





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