Unprecedented Increase Expected in Upcoming FBI Hate Crime Report

Posted by Kai Wiggins on October 31, 2018 in Blog

  Introduction: A Nationwide Increase Expected

On Tuesday, November 13, the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program will release national hate crime statistics for 2017. But thanks to research from AAI on state UCR hate crime statistics already available, we have a sense of what the federal data will show.

As in 2016 and 2015 before, we expect yet another increase of reported hate crime incidents in 2017, representing the first three-year consecutive annual increase since 2001.

So far, AAI has collected 2017 hate crime data from 27 states and the...

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The Unnecessary Moral Crisis

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on June 22, 2018 in Blog

By this point, most Americans have seen the horrible images of migrant children crying alone near our Southern border, or have read traumatic accounts of infants being held in government custody for up to a month at a time or being torn from their mothers while breastfeeding. This politically manufactured moral crisis has shaken the very core of what many Americans tell ourselves about our compassion and our role in the world. As such, there has been an incredible amount of misinformation and...

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The Israel Exception Gets More Exceptional

When the State Department asked U.S. ambassadors in the Middle East to examine the human rights records of their host countries to see if any were engaged in violations that warranted suspensions in military assistance, Ambassador David Friedman had a message to the State Department: “Don’t second-guess the Israeli military.” David “there is no occupation, Obama is an anti-Semite, Jews who want a two-state solution are traitors” Friedman said he did “not believe we should extend the new [guidelines] to Israel” because “Israel is a democracy whose army does not...


Unholy Partnership

Before she was chased by protesters from a Mexican restaurant in DC over family separation at the border,  DHS Secretary Nielsen made a trip to Israel, which received scant attention in the national media despite posing significant domestic and foreign policy implications. The DHS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) issued multiple press releases during the fun-filled ‘let’s adopt discriminatory policies’ tour. The first press release (Jun. 8) discusses Secretary Nielsen’s itinerary, beginning with the inaugural International Homeland Security Forum in “Jerusalem, Israel.” Unlike prior U.S....


Caged Humanity

The basic moral compass of the country is again being challenged by the Trump Administration. On our Southern border, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson admitted that the Department has separated nearly 2,000 minors from their families in just over a month. Media reports suggest these children are held in cages with little protection from high desert summer temperatures. The list of horror stories from this policy choice is too long for this post. Depending on which administration official you hear, the policy is either a


Arab American Institute, Orlando Groups Call On Chief Mina To End Use of Facial Recognition

Posted by Jennifer Salan on June 22, 2018 in Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2018  CONTACT: jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210  Arab American Institute, Orlando Groups Call On Chief Mina To End Use of Public Surveillance/Facial Recognition  Washington, DC - The Arab American Institute, along with 10 Orlando based community groups, wrote to Orlando Police Chief John Mina on Thursday urging him to “commit to forgo the use of public surveillance and facial recognition technology as a tool of law enforcement” following reports of the Amazon Rekognition software pilot program. Signatories include:...

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World Refugee Day 2018: By the Numbers

Posted by Guest on June 20, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

Today, we celebrate World Refugee Day in an effort to raise awareness about the growing crises around the world. Last year, the number of forcibly displaced people in the world increased due to “persecution, conflict, or generalized violence.” It now sits at 68.5 million, a new record high. The majority of refugees came from the Syrian Arab Republic, Palestine, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Burundi.

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NILC's Avideh Moussavian: Fight for Immigrant Rights Doesn't End With SCOTUS

Posted by Guest on June 15, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

By the end of June, The Supreme Court will have released their decision on the controversial case, Trump v. Hawaii. Although I have been anticipating the results of this case for some time, I can’t say that I’m optimistic about what will be decided. And while speaking with someone who specializes on this issue affirmed my concerns, it also gave me some perspective and a new wave of knowledge.

Avideh Moussavian is a policy attorney at the National Immigration...

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Sports Playing its Role in Shifting Public Discourse

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2018 in Blog

By Blaise Malley This month, in two countries halfway around the world from one another, sports took the center stage in important political disputes, with athletes taking a stand for justice in two very different arenas. Israeli Soccer Team pays the Price for Government’s Actions After weeks of unarmed protests in the Gaza Strip were met by Israel’s use of lethal force and resulted in more than 13,000 casualties, the international community started to take notice. On 5 June, the...

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Countdown Vol 18 No 2: Moments That Make You Think

Posted on June 08, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 275 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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