Together We Came: Huda Zoghbi

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2017 in Blog

By Oday Yousif

For Dr. Huda Zoghbi, taking risks is key to understanding who she is, her approach to science and her research. Born in Lebanon in 1955, Dr. Zoghbi is a neurology and pediatric neurology physician who is renowned for her work on genetics and neuroscience. Growing up in Beirut, she spent much of her youth pursuing literature and had a passion for Shakespeare. But it was her mother that told her medicine was a “much simpler career” and encouraged her to study biology setting her on a path toward the...

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Statement: AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 12, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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Together We Came: Abdullah Hammoud

Posted by Guest on June 07, 2017 in Blog

By Kai Wiggins

He's young. He's passionate. He's committed to public service. And you can even find him on Snapchat. Meet Michigan State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn). Representing the state’s 15th district, Hammoud is a proactive legislator and consistent advocate for the people of Michigan.

Hammoud draws from a range of academic, professional and civic experiences in his capacity as a lawmaker. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2010, which he followed up with a master's in epidemiology and genetics from the University of...

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Together We Came: Tony Fadell

Posted by Guest on June 01, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata

Does the phrase, “iPod: 1,000 songs in your pocket!” sound groundbreaking to you? Maybe not today, but it was in 2001 when Apple released the first generation iPod. And you have Arab American Tony Fadell to thank for the development of that first sleek music player (authenticity you can now purchase for the low price of $20,000 on eBay).  Known as one of the “fathers of the iPod,” Fadell is a gadget whiz. A product designer, entrepreneur, and investor, Fadell is a one of the...

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Together We Came: Portraits of Arab Immigrants and their Descendants

Posted on May 30, 2017
In celebration of the 3rd annual Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI is highlighting outstanding Arab immigrants. Share your immigrant story to be included!
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Hannah Risheq: an Intersectional Candidate for Virginia’s 67th District

Posted by Joan Hanna on May 17, 2017 in Blog

Hannah Risheq has made national headlines over the past few months -- for all the right reasons. Risheq is an accomplished 25 year-old, who is proudly half Arab American, half Jewish American and running to be the Virginia Delegate in the 67th District. Virginia’s House of Delegates is predominately male and over the age of 35. Risheq is hoping to change that. “I’m happy to be seen as a face of this new generation. In an area like northern Virginia,...

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CATO's Adam Bates Reviews Surveillance Challenges at #ArabAmericansLead Briefing

Posted by Guest on May 08, 2017 in Blog

By Baseem Maleki During an Expert Briefing that was part of AAI’s “Arab American Leadership Days” programming, Adam Bates—a policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice—explained the ways in which the unwarranted surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is ineffective and unconstitutional. Bates argued that programs like the NYPD Demographics Unit, which was designed with the specific intent to surveil Arab Americans and American Muslims, violate the due process clause in both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the United...

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Arab American Service Day 2017

Posted by Heba Mohammad on May 02, 2017 in Blog

As a new member of the D.C. community, I am eager to partake in my first Arab American Service Day with the Arab American Institute. Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back whenever we could. Volunteering became second nature for me---it’s the contribution we make to live in happy, healthy communities. As an adult, I now realize it also had a secondary meaning for my family: it was our way of thanking our hometown for giving two Palestinian immigrants a fresh start. My experience is not...

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