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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


  • caregiver300AFIRE 2015 Spring Benefit Show

    For this benefit show, AFIRE is partnering with CIRCA-Pintig to present "Caregiver", a monologue about an anonymous Filipino caregiver who struggles not only to support herself, but also of her family in the homeland.

    3:00 pm - Reception (Food & Drinks Provided)
    4:30 pm - Circa Pintig Performance of “Caregiver
    6:00 pm - Talkback discussion of the performance
    and the movement to empower domestic workers

    All proceeds support AFIRE’s community organizing and
    advocacy work to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

    At the opening of May, Asian Pacific American Heritage month, AFIRE wants to highlight the stories of Domestic Workers and their critical role in the Illinois economy. AFIRE has been organizing and mobilizing domestic workers (nannies, caregivers, and homemakers) to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Despite the value of their labor, domestic workers have historically been excluded from the protections under the state law extended to workers in other industries. This has led to a workforce that is isolated and vulnerable.

    Who are domestic workers?
    -Domestic workers care for the elderly, assist people with disabilities, clean homes, and care for children.
    -23% of domestic workers are paid below the state minimum wage
    -58% of live-in workers are required to work during their scheduled time off
    -19% of all domestic workers and 36% of live-in workers have been threatened, insulted, or verbally abused

    Tickets: $30 (Adults), $25 (Students)

    Tickets available at the door or on


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