Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Blog

By Emily Manna

AAI Intern


Lena Alhusseini, Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC), has been named a White House Champion of Change for domestic violence awareness. A part of President Obama’s Winning the Future Initiative, Champions of Change is a weekly program in which local leaders are recognized at the White House for their contributions at the community level. 

Alhusseini joined AAFSC in 2006 as Executive Director, and has overseen tremendous efforts toward providing bilingual services for more than 400 domestic violence survivors in New York City’s Arab American community. AAFSC, in partnership with the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, runs crisis intervention programs, individual counseling and support groups, referrals to service providers, court accompaniments, and translation assistance. AAFSC also focuses on preventing domestic violence, and has hosted cultural and education programs for over 90 local leaders and their communities. The workshops, which take place in mosques, churches, and community centers, focus on the warning signs of domestic violence and provide resources for survivors. The success of these domestic violence programs has inspired organizations in Jordan and Saudi Arabia to model their initiatives after those at AAFSC.

Alhusseini and the 14 others chosen as this week’s Champions will be highlighted at a special White House event on October 20th. AAI joins AAFSC in congratulating Alhusseini, both for this extraordinary achievement and for her impact in the Arab American community. 

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