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#InSolidarity with Black Lives Matter

  
     
On June 5, KAFSC joined New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim, NYC Council Member Peter Koo, other Flushing community leaders and representatives of Black, Latinx, and Asian-American-led organizations in solidarity with protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  

“As an organization that is committed to creating a violence-free society, we denounce acts of police brutality that disproportionately affects black and brown Americans, and urge our local, state, and national government leaders to take meaningful action to address racism and bigotry that pervades our system and demand substantive measures to change the culture and initiate healing across the nation.” - Executive Director, Jeehae Fischer    

KAFSC remains committed to creating a violence-free society built on dignity, compassion, and mutual respect and to speaking out against violence in all forms.
KAFSC launches Food Giving Initiative
 

KAFSC launched its first ever Food Giving Initiative on May 7.  Since then we have delivered 2,100 ethnically familiar meals to our survivors and their children, prepared by our partner restaurants: Atoboy, Danji, Handsome Rice, Jua, Kochi, and Soogil

This initiative provides hundreds of meals a week so that our survivors and their children can have an ethnically familiar meal and find a measure of consistency and comfort in an otherwise desperate and uncertain situation.  Every week our survivors show a deep well of emotions - some begin to cry, others tell us of their hunger, and everyone receives their meals with smiles and deep bows.  

A very special THANK YOU to our volunteers who have stepped in over the last few weeks to help deliver the meals throughout New York and New Jersey.  

Finally, a sincere THANK YOU to all our donors - this would not be possible without your support. The work continues and your generosity is needed more than ever!  Please make a donation here: Give Help for Hope Campaign so that we can continue to support our survivors and their children through this time of crisis!  

If you would like to volunteer, please email contact@kafsc.org for more information.
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KAFSC Welcomes a New Board of Director!

 
KAFSC is proud to announce a new addition to our Board of Directors.  Mark Kim is currently an investment professional at Sixth Street Partners, a global multi-asset class investment business with over $34 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Sixth Street Partners, he worked in the healthcare investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mark received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of Korea Finance Society (KFS), Alumni Representative Committee of Columbia University and Young Alumni Leadership Council of St. Mark's School.
KAFSC Provides Emergency COVID-19 Relief Efforts to our Survivors and Children
 
As COVID-19 coronavirus spread across New York City and stay-at-home orders were mandated, KAFSC continued to operate as our work with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children is an essential service.  With staggered office hours, social distancing measures, new safety protocols, and strict disinfecting procedures, our amazing and dedicated staff were able to successfully pivot and adapt to the new reality of providing crisis intervention and direct services during a global public health crisis.  
 

We want to acknowledge the amazing funders, organizations, and individual donors who are committed to serving the underserved, immigrant community during this unprecedented time. THANK YOU!  With their support we have been able to provide emergency cash assistance, H-Mart gift certificates, protective masks, hand sanitizers, feminine hygiene products, fresh produce and groceries, and more!

KAFSC’s Economic Empowerment Program Graduation

 
On May 29th, KAFSC’s 15-week-long ESOL class held a virtual graduation.  While classes initially began offline, all Economic Empowerment Classes shifted to virtual classes since the pandemic.  

“This semester’s ESL classes at KAFSC really boosted my confidence in English. I was lucky enough to learn about KAFSC and its ESL classes during this pandemic period, which otherwise would have been quite depressing. I feel blessed to have participated in the KAFSC’s ESL class on quarantine and I look forward to taking more lessons with them in the future!” - Mrs. Lee, ESOL Class Graduate

In addition, we want to celebrate the six women in our emergency shelter and transitional housing program who persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic and found sustainable employment and took their first steps towards economic independence.  
Youth Community Project Team Advocating in the Community 

     
As an effort to raise awareness, YCPT students took the initiative to learn about sexual assault, demystify the issue, challenge myths and stereotypes, and break any stigmas associated with sexual assault. A large part of this effort was a project to design an advertisement for KAFSC’s Korean language mass media campaign during National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25, 2020. The designs were released to the media  such as the The Korea Times (한국일보), The Korea Daily (중앙일보), and The NY Ilbo (뉴욕일보) for five days to a readership of thousands across New York and New Jersey.

In addition, YCPT launched a social media campaign and the hashtag #NO2DV in an effort to reach out to anyone looking for help through the use of various social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook to bring light to the devastating circumstances our survivors and their children are facing during the pandemic. 
If you have any questions or inquiries, please email us at contact@kafsc.org or call 718-460-3801.  Thank you!
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