Immigration Legal Services
AAN offers immigration legal services for African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants working towards securing a legal status and beyond in the USA. We are the only African Immigrant organization member of the city-wide San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network (SFILEN), an unprecedented consortium of thirteen legal services providers. We are also a member of the San Francisco Language Access Network (SFLAN), a network of eight organizations and the working to ensure that immigrants are served in culturally and linguistically matter. With 4 Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representatives, AAN provides the following services: Adjustment of status, Family petition, Consular Processing, VAWA, U-Visa,Citizenship & naturalization, Work Permit, Asylum applicants, Temporary Protected Status Program (TPS), and starting in 2017 AAN will represent clients in removal defense.
Translation & Interpretation
AAN staff and volunteers provide translation services for official government documents, affidavits, birth certificates, marriage certificates school transcripts and any other documents required for immigration and non-immigration processing. AAN also provides interpretation services at asylum office, doctors offices and any private and public meetings throughout the Bay Area.
Comprehensive Case Management
We base each case on the individual and their specific cultural, social and psychological needs. By focusing on the individual and building a comprehensive case of their needs, this holistic,culturally competent process addresses the whole person as opposed to adhering to a standard service model.
- Psycho-social case management.
- Culturally competent counseling employing strength-based theories for empowering clients steps towards sustainable futures.
Outreach and Education
AAN actively holds educational workshops on issues of importance for our clients and community members in San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay, South Bay and the Greater Bay Areas. Topics include but not limited to:
- Know Your Rights
- Family Reunification
- Language Access Rights
- Immigration benefits including (AB 60, TPS, Naturalization, Asylum)
Employment Training & Referrals
Our Employment & Training referrals assist newly arrived Africans in better understanding the complexities of American culture and referring them to partner organizations such as Upwardly Global, Laney College, English Center and Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). We provide referrals regarding the following:
- Employment assistance
- Resume building
- Job search assistance
- Job skills training
Arts & Culture Integration
AAN partners with artists to celebrate African and Afro-Caribbean arts and provide a platform for artists to showcase their talents and further their profession.In doing so, we aim to build community links and promote this rich and vibrant culture throughout the wider Bay Area.