A Survivor-Centric Approach
Rawaa Nancy Albilal
Rawaa Nancy Albilal is the President and CEO of the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC), a non-profit, non-sectarian organization providing culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services to immigrants and refugees across New York City and beyond. Ms. Albilal joined AAFSC in 2017. Under her leadership, AAFSC has expanded to 14 different locations across the five boroughs and introduced several new initiatives including mental health counseling, a restorative justice unit, housing navigation, and an emergency relief fund. Over the past three years, AAFSC has enhanced its Anti-Violence Program, supporting over 2000 survivors of domestic and gender-based violence annually in partnership with the NYC Family Justice Centers across the city. In 2020, Ms. Albilal oversaw AAFSC’s contract expansion with NYC Administration for Children’s Services, doubling the staff size and implementing two new evidence-based models for supporting families impacted by child abuse. AAFSC now serves over 10,000 individuals from 148 different countries of origin in 36 different languages. Prior to joining AAFSC, Nancy served as the Vice President for Development at the Foundation Center, the Director of Social Services, Research, Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Child and Family Well-Being for the City of Newark, and the Executive Vice President for Community Impact for the United Way in New Jersey. Ms. Albilal has been a guest lecturer for Rutgers University teaching cultural diversity and inclusion. She currently sits on the OVS Advisory Council and is the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Advisory Council. She is a member of the Board of Directors for COFCCA—the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies. Ms. Albilal is a graduate of Rutgers MSW School of Social Work and attended Rutgers and Princeton University for undergraduate studies—majoring in Political Science and Urban Studies; minoring in Near Eastern Studies and Women’s Studies.