Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Omar Baddar at 202-429-9210.

Research Reveals FBI Reports Failed to Record Nearly 2,000 Hate Crimes

Posted on July 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2018

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210

Research Reveals FBI Reports Failed to Record Nearly 2,000 Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Arab American Institute released a comprehensive hate crime report titled: Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans.

This report is the first to examine targeted violence against Arab Americans in nearly a decade, and the first ever to utilize hate crime data reported through official government channels.

Our research found that state level hate crime data show that nearly twice as many anti-Arab hate...

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Muslim Ban Case

Posted on June 26, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2018

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org / (202) 652-4984

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i.

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban that discriminates against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. A vast majority of those impacted by the ban are Muslim,...

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education

Posted on June 07, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education 

Washington, DC - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department of Education:  "Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Ken Marcus as the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education by a narrow...

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Statement on Moving the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

Posted on May 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Statement from Arab American Institute Deputy Director Omar Baddar on Moving the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem: Today, the Trump Administration has opened a US embassy in Jerusalem, cementing his decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Trump’s decision breaks with previous administrations, making his the first to accede to congressional pandering on Israel, in violation of international law. Recognizing the sensitivity and significance of Jerusalem to so many religious communities around the globe, the 1947 UN partition plan protected the city from falling under...

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ADVISORY: April 26 Arab American Gala to Honor ACLU, Chef José Andrés, Irish Sen. Frances Black, Amb. Marcel Wahba

Posted on April 05, 2018

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 Arab American Institute Foundation

For immediate release:

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

Arab Americans Celebrate Legacy of Kahlil Gibran with Spirit of Humanity Awards

20th Anniversary Gala Honors: the ACLU, Chef José Andrés & World Central Kitchen; Irish Senator Frances Black & Ambassador Marcel Wahba

Washington – On Thursday, April 26, the Arab American community will honor the legacy of author and poet Kahlil Gibran during the 20th Anniversary Spirit of Humanity Awards. Through the event, Arab Americans recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence and inclusion in all...

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Statement: AAI Responds to Inclusion of an Untested Citizenship Question on the Decennial Census

Posted on March 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2018

CONTACT:

Margaret Lowry, mlowry@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4993

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the inclusion of an untested question on citizenship on the 2020 Census:

The decision by Secretary Ross and the Department of Commerce to move forward with the  inclusion of a citizenship question on the decennial census makes it clear that the Trump Administration is choosing to politicize the constitutionally mandated responsibility of conducting the census. This decision will deter many from responding to the decennial census, creating legitimate concern about the confidentiality of their personal information and fear about how...

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AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

Posted on February 22, 2018

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org; 202-429-9210  

AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2018

(Washington) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Virginia man with four counts of threatening Arab American Institute (AAI) staff because of their Arab ancestry and three counts of threatening AAI employees for their advocacy efforts on behalf of Arab Americans. The charges come at a time when hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religion are on the rise. In 2016 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by 4.6% with...

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Response to DOJ Indictments on Election Meddling & Social Media Responsibility

Posted on February 16, 2018

Contact: Jennifer Salan, Arab American Institute

jsalan@aaiusa.org or 202-429-9210 (desk) 202-494-9857 cell

For Immediate Release:

February 16, 2018

Arab American Institute Response to DOJ Indictments on Election Meddling & Social Media Responsibility

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry

(Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Indictments Regarding Election Meddling: While today’s indictments confirm what any observer of the 2016 presidential election already knows, it remains difficult to accept the nature of the attack on our political system and the impact it had on our election, and the...

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Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted on January 31, 2018

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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AAI Responds to Rejection of the "Middle Eastern or North African" Category from the 2020 Census

Posted on January 26, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2018

CONTACT:

Margaret Lowry, mlowry@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4993

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Rejection of the “Middle Eastern or North African” Category from the 2020 Census:

Today’s announcement from the Census Bureau that the 2020 Census would not include a new “Middle Eastern or North African” category or use a combined question format is an egregious rejection of stakeholder interest that impedes the possibility of an accurate count.

The decision comes after the Office of Management and Budget...

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