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Africa Cultural Alliance of North America, Inc.

  • Location:
    5530 Chester Ave.
    2nd Fl
    Philadelphia, PA 19143
  • Phone:
    (215) 729-8225 ext. 5
  • Fax:
    (215) 729-8202
  • Contact methods:
    Drop-in, Email, Fax, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Appointments accepted:
    Yes

Africa Cultural Alliance of North America, Inc. (ACANA) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the welfare and rights of African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and other immigrants.

Counties served: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
Detention Facilities Served: Allegheny County Jail (PA), Berks County Family Shelter (PA), Cambria County (PA), Clinton County Correctional Facility (PA), Erie County (PA), Lackawanna County Prison (PA), Montgomery County Correctional Facility (PA), Moshannon Valley (PA), Pike County Correctional Facility (PA), York County Prison (PA)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, Family-based petitions, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Other areas of legal assistance: Arts, Civil Rights, Community Development, Criminal Appeals, Disability, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits, Taxes, Veterans
Non-legal services: Citizenship / Civics classes, Department of Justice (DOJ)/Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)-funded services for trafficking victims, Employment services, ESL, Health services, Housing referrals, Language services, Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Office Of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-funded services for trafficking victims, Psychological or psychiatric services, Referrals to other services, Social services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Levantine), English, French, Kirundi, Oromo, Somali, Sudanese, Swahili, Wolof, Mandingo and Fullah
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? Yes
Other information: Can provide services in many African languages and dialects. Can also serve clients from other states.

Volunteering

Volunteer Coordinator
Voffee Jabateh
+1 (484) 432-0932