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The Iraqi American Society for Peace and Friendship is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities, advocacy, and empowerment services to the Refugee community of Phoenix, Arizona.
he Iraqi American Society for Peace and Friendship (IASPF) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to assisting new refugees in Metro Phoenix in overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency and integration by providing education, advocacy and empowerment programs. IASPF works to establish community dialogue, awareness, and potential for new opportunities. IASPF strengthens the refugee community by closing service gaps that remain after the initial resettlement service period.
The need for extended resettlement services developed as over 10,000 Iraqi refugees have been resettled into the Phoenix area over the last two decades. To accommodate the continuous influx of Iraqi refugees, IASPF developed programs that provide social, economic and educational services, which include English language instruction, citizenship preparation, employment support, translation services, immigration assistance, and referral to community services.
In addition to basic navigation and employment services, IASPF houses a Women’s Empowerment Program and Youth Outreach Program to support the unique needs of Iraqi families. These programs promote health, community building and youth integration in the community. IASPF’s programs operate with the assumption that individuals who participate in educational and empowerment programs are able to overcome depression, domestic violence and high-risk behaviors, and rather become civically engaged and are able to achieve a sustainable quality of life.
Our staff includes individuals from the community that know the culture and have experienced being a refugee themselves. Therefore, we are well-equipped to meet the needs and challenges faced by new arrivals. We are privileged to serve refugees who, after fleeing their homeland, still struggle every day to survive and adapt to their new country.