Itedal Shalabi Online

Itedal Shalabi, co-founder and Executive Director of Arab American Family Services (AAFS), will receive an Impact Award for her leadership and work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Arab American community. Located in Bridgeview, Arab American Family Services provides caring, compassionate assistance to South Suburban Chicagoland residents, with special sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of Arab Americans. AAFS offers support in the areas of public benefits, immigration, domestic violence, mental health, and elderly services, and also sponsors outreach programs to build healthier families and communities.  As a locally focused, nonpolitical and nonreligious agency, AAFS takes a leading role in building bridges, respect and understanding between Arab-American and mainstream-American cultures.

Iteldal earned a Bachelors degree in social work from the Jane Adams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She worked with Nareman Taha to found Arab American Family Services in 2001.