History

Immigrant Community Law Center (“ICLC”) was founded by African Services Committee in 2012 to provide high-quality, affordable, and trustworthy immigration legal representation.  ICLC is staffed by a dedicated and culturally competent multilingual team of qualified attorneys and paralegals.  ICLC serves all immigrants of all backgrounds.

ICLC’s parent organization, African Services Committee (“ASC”), is a New York City-based non-profit organization that was established in 1981 by Asfaha Hadera who was resettled in the United States two years earlier as a refugee from Ethiopia.  The United States provided protection and opportunity to Asfaha, but he soon realized that “the streets are not paved with gold” – that the immigrant experience is tough, but the hardships are also worthwhile. 

Asfaha created ASC to ensure that each immigrant is provided with the necessary support and guidance to succeed in the United States.  Thirty-five years later, ASC has evolved to a multiservice agency with a staff of over thirty employees – many of whom are immigrants – who assist more than 13,000 individuals of all backgrounds and all nationalities each year in its medical testing, linkage to care, case management, ESOL and literacy, legal, advocacy and policy, and housing departments.