MISSION AND VALUES
Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly SAHELI) is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, that provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.
Our mission is to promote abuse-free Asian communities through advocacy, support, awareness and access to social services.
AFSSA envisions healthy, abuse-free Asian communities.
Asian Family Support Services of Austin, or AFSSA (formerly SAHELI) specifically addresses the cultural and language needs of Asian and other immigrant families affected by domestic violence. Our values and mission are reflected in our programs, which integrate culture and language specific direct services, educational programs, and community-based initiatives and advocacy.
We are a survivor-centered organization supporting women, men, and children who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or trafficking. Although AFSSA's focus is on the Asian community, we do not discriminate and our services are for anyone who needs assistance. Our services are based on the inherent philosophy that each individual’s experiences, level of resource access and needs differ from one case to another. We strive to provide tailored, cultural and language specific services to anyone who enters through our doors.
Our bilingual and bicultural staff with our own interpreters provide services in 30 different languages in the following Central Texas counties: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, and Bastrop. The agency will provide phone support, referrals, and system advocacy to all parts of Texas and outside of the state for those who cannot access similar services within their local jurisdiction. We are known to assist people internationally as well.