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The purpose of this program is to provide trainings to local service providers on best practices when working with the Asian population. Increasing language access for immigrants and cultural competency issues are two main components that are addressed during these trainings.
Also, the agency participates in policy advocacy to ensure systems are responsive to the needs of immigrant victims. These activities include working with the judicial system, law enforcement, government entities, and the legislature to create policies and laws that increase a victim’s access to services.
In 2009, Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly SAHELI) created the Limited English Proficiency Initiative to work with service providers, the judicial system, and law enforcement to ensure that victims have proper language access to services.