The Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) was founded in 2001 by prominent and active members of the Arab American and Arab immigrant community to respond to the needs of low-income, recent Arab immigrants in NYC. AAANY formed not even a month before the attacks of September 11th, 2001 as a one-room social service agency run entirely by volunteers. After 9/11, AAANY stepped into an advocacy role, recognizing that the onslaught of surveillance tactics, hate crimes, and community isolation would not be solved by direct services alone.
Since then, AAANY has become a trusted, community-based social service and advocacy agency, with a national platform and a growing base. Our mission is to support and empower the Arab American and Arab immigrant community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity, and stability.
Our community members -- whether they are new immigrants seeking refuge from war-torn homelands, first-generation Brooklynites trying to negotiate their identities in two worlds, or long-standing residents with a history of organizing against Islamophobia -- already possess the fortitude and knowledge they need to lead a powerful city-wide resistance movement. AAANY provides opportunities for individuals to overcome the challenges they face and find their power, their voice, and their political home.