Haki Yetu works to advocate, defend and expand the rights of immigrants and refugees living in the New York area, regardless of immigration status by promoting justice and providing resources for low-income immigrants and refugee to pursue and defend their legal rights. We also hold "Know Your Rights" seminars in an effort to educate immigrants, refugees and the public of their rights in the United States.
Understanding economic human rights and the reasons why we do not now have these rights allows us to see poverty differently, and to see different priorities and solutions. Once we define poverty as the absence of economic human rights, we begin to see poverty not only as an enemy of human dignity, but as an enemy of justice.
With a strong focus on economic empowerment, Haki Yetu believes that every community has the potential to be self-sufficient, independent and generate its own resources when given the means to do so. This is the reason why Haki Yetu, through its economic empowerment initiative, Haki Yetu facilitates financial management/ budgeting, job readiness and job training.
Haki Yetu believes that people living with disabilities have the right to family, social, and intimate relationships. The program provides resources to help individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities in gaining access to necessary services and supports appropriate to the needs of the individual.
Haki Yetu offers a wide range of programs and services designed to support people with disabilities in leading more independent and productive lives. These include community living services, adult day programs, vocational services, service coordination and family support services.
Haki Yetu also facilitates support groups in languages such as English, French, Haitian Creole, Swahili, designed to provide education about disability rights, information, care and support to families of individuals with special needs.
Eradicating Sexual Violence against Women and Girls
Through education and culturally-appropriate services, Haki Yetu works to bring more understanding on the effects of mass rapes on women victims and the communities where women are used as weapons of war, in places where rapes are rampant.
We are also committed to challenge cultural stigmas of shunning women victims of sexual violence, while providing rape survivors with the tools to rebuild their fragmented lives.
We also aim to develop a process of reconciliation by working with men in communities as well as perpetrators to stop mass rapes against women.
Protecting the Rights of Prisoners
Very often prisons take the lowest priority in post-conflict environments, as people deprived of their liberty are often denied of their rights and disregarded. As a result, prisoners typically suffer from: extreme prisons overcrowding, lack of food, absence of adequate medical care and poor sanitation, poor management and security, rampant political interference and prolonged pre-trial detention.
Haki Yetu works to ensure that prisoners’ rights are respected, they are treated with respect and dignity, and that standards of punishment are met.
Combatting International Poverty
Having access to an adequate standard of leaving such as food, clothing, housing and other services is the right of every human being. Poverty robs people of these rights, which constitutes a human rights violations.
Haki Yetu is committed to fight various aspects of poverty around the world, through economic empowerment programs focusing on income-generating strategies designed to improve health and education outcomes for individuals and their families, thus maximizing the potential to provide for basic needs.
Defending the Rights of Children around the world
This program works to end all forms of abuses against children from who are oppressed and marginalized around the world due to war, poverty, HIV/AIDS and their government's failure to protect their rights.
We believe that all children regardless of nationality, religion, economic and social status deserves appropriate care and nurturing. Our areas of interest are:
• Child slavery
• Child poverty
• Children soldiers
• Child Trafficking
• Child abuse
Haki Yetu places a strong value on the family as the locus of change in any given community, for if families are healthy and strong, the community also will be strong. Through its family preservation program, Haki Yetu runs parenting groups along with children’s groups designed to strengthen the foundation of the family and reinforce positive parenting skills among families.
We believe that every parent has the potential to make important contributions to their families and communities when they are aware of their rights and are offered the appropriate outlets to express these rights.
Our parenting groups, which are offered in English, French, Haitian Creole and Swahili, focus on building parents' existing strengths with respect and dignity, while providing them with the tools to become effective parents and successful members of their society.
Family Preservation and Reunification
Through this program, we target children and families where reasonable suspicion exists that child abuse or neglect has occurred, posing risk of placement or replacement, and/or the family is experiencing other stressors which may inhibit the family's well-being.
We believe that families want to do the best they can and will therefore thrive when we build on their existing strengths and help provide the resources they need. When they are knowledgeable of their rights and treated with dignity, families are most often open to receiving help, for they are then acknowledged as the experts in their own lives, and are encouraged to work in partnership with service providers.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
(UNICEF) guarantees that all children, regardless of their race, religion or abilities, have rights and should not be treated unfairly. The program focuses on teaching children about their rights, while preparing them to become leaders and human rights advocates in the future.
The program also provides:
· Individual and group counseling for children who have been victimized or witnessed abuse
· Truancy prevention
· Play Therapy
· Teens focus groups designed to highlight challenges and pressures faced by the younger population
· Fatherhood Initiative
Through educational workshops, support groups and social activities, this program empowers fathers to be involved and play an active role in the lives of their children by providing them with the tools to effectively care, support and nurture their children..
Women in all cultures, races, sexual orientations, occupations, income levels, and ages are battered by boyfriends, lovers, husbands, and partners. For Immigrant women however, reporting violence can be a challenge as they often feel trapped in abusive relationships because of immigration status, language and cultural barriers, social isolation, and lack of financial resources.
Haki Yetu offers battered women and survivors a place where they can heal, have their voices heard and learn about their rights to safety as women. Through community educational workshops and referrals, women also learn options towards financial independence, and ways to survive domestic violence.
As most violence takes place in families that continue living together, violence thus affects all members of the family. In many instances, further violence can be prevented without breaking up the family, which is the reason why all family members should have access to services in their community that will help them prevent the reoccurrence of violence. Finally, we believe that violence is a learned behavior and that it can be unlearned.
Haki Yetu works actively on an ongoing basis to empower women to transcend their traditional roles and gain the knowledge, strengths, and skills they need to take control over their own lives. We also undertake public information campaigns to educate the public about the need for an end to violence and the implementation of gender equity. The program provides culturally and linguistically competent services ranging from shelters to counseling, offering domestic violence victims and their children with the support as they work to be self-sufficient and free from violence.
sexual assault, stalking, and support for victims, survivors and others impacted by sexual violence.
Men’s Intervention Groups
It is our belief that in order to effectively tackle the issue of violence toward women, we must first look at the men who often instigate the violence. This program provides individual counseling and facilitates groups for men who voluntarily attend, acknowledge any form of abuse toward their partners, wives and girlfriends.
As men learn about their own rights, they gain a better understanding of different types of abuses perpetrated toward women, and take personal responsibility to end violence against women and become advocates for women's rights as a principle for social justice.
Partnering with youth to end violence
Haki Yetu is concerned about reducing violence against women among young immigrants living in NYC, for it is our belief that if we fail to pay attention to the youth population, adolescent men risk repeating the patterns and practices of their elders and young girls are likely to be victims of date rape now and of domestic violence and other abuse later in their lives. The project provides empowerment workshops for elementary to high school youth to break traditional patterns of violence and inequity and to empower the next generation to seek gender equity and nonviolent means of expressing their anger, while learning about ways to keep themselves safe from violence.
We believe that there is an urgency to educate young men and boys, especially those of the immigrant communities , of the disparity that exists in gender violence and to provide them with tools so that they can become active promoters of violence prevention.
Ending Mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (link to DRC map)
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, everyday, thousands of women and girls are being raped kidnapped, brutalized and violated and being used as weapons of war. After the invasion of more than five countries comprising Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and other countries supported by Western allies, war was just transported through the Rwandan genocide.
The invaders rape the women, children and morally control the minds of Congolese people as well as their politics. With a war that caused the death of more than 6,000,000 people in DR Congo, it has been characterized by a silence and conspiracy of the international community.
Today, it is being known that given the impunity by local institutions, mass rapes seem to become a culture of the Congolese, as the way of invaders and their allies to portray the Congolese people in the eyes of the world.
In 1996, an influx of armed men and civilian refugees fleeing the Rwandan genocide flooded into eastern DR Congo, setting off a conflict that would span more than two decades and claim millions of civilian lives.
DR Congo has been called one of the worst places in the world to be a woman or girl. As women are broken, so is the community, a strategy to destabilize the communities. It is estimated that three out of four women have been raped during the fourteen years of civil war, as the DRC has seen a marked rise in sexual violence as a military, strategy in the last two decades.
The rapes are sometimes conducted with pointed sticks, guns and often result in the victims being incontinent from internal injuries, unwanted pregnancies, fistula and HIV, creating a cycle of anxiety and fear that impedes recovery. Once raped, a woman is considered as damaged and is then shunned by her husband, ostracized by her community, for she has brought disgrace to her community by being raped.
The project seeks to raise awareness among non-governmental, religious and international organizations about mass rapes of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As many communities and families have experienced deterioration due to sexual violence, the project seeks to build community cohesion and empower communities to take a stand toward eradicating the destabilizing sexual violence in the communities.
By empowering the communities greatly affected by sexual violence, we can begin the dialogue and look at various strategies to end rapes of women and girls, while providing communities with the tools to rebuild their fragmented lives.
How you can join us in this cause:
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