AAI's Questions for Sen. Jeff Sessions at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

 Senator Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30am. Watch online here Jeff Sessions is currently a Republican Senator from Alabama and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary which provides oversight to several federal agencies including the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Committee also plays a significant role in federal judicial nominations and legislation related to civil liberties, immigration and naturalization, and criminal law. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from...

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Combating the Trend of Hate: AAI Brings Together Rights Groups For Hill Briefing

Posted by Guest on December 12, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar On Thursday, December 8th, the Arab American Institute held a briefing to discuss the recent post-election uptick in hate incidents, the historic problem of underreporting, and potential reporting and policy solutions. The panel, which attracted a standing room only crowd, included Arjun Singh Sethi, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Madihha Ahussain, Staff Attorney for Muslim Advocates, and Nadia Aziz, Government Relations Director of the Arab American Institute. These...

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Combatting the Trend of Hate, Experts Examine Underreporting of Hate Crimes, Uptick & Solutions

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 07, 2016 in Blog

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Dec 8, the Arab American Institute will hold a briefing at 10:30AM to discuss the recent post-election uptick in hate incidents, the historic problem of underreporting considering the 2015 hate crime data and potential reporting and policy solutions. This panel provides an excellent opportunity for congressional staffers who are preparing for 2017 legislative priorities and confirmation hearings to learn first-hand from community experts about what they are witnessing and what policy solutions they envision. “Our nation has witnessed an...

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Despite Underreporting, Hate Crimes Increase

Posted by Ali Albassam on November 18, 2016 in Blog

Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a video statement Friday (Nov. 18) on the FBI’s 2015 hate crime report and media reports of increased hate incidents and harassment across the country. Calling on individuals to report hate incidents to local law enforcement and the Justice Department, Lynch noted that despite tremendous progress, there still remains a lot of work to be done. She noted that the work in protecting all Americans from violence is not just about enforcing the law, but it is about “staying true to our highest ideals and most cherished principles." The FBI’s 

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted on February 22, 2016 in Action Alerts

This presidential election season has seen an increase in hate crimes. We believe the hateful and inflammatory rhetoric that some of our public officials are engaging in is a contributing factor to this increase. Representative Cicilline is introducing the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” this week. This legislation is crafted to address the increase in hate crimes and prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.   Between 2010 and 2014, there were over 43,000 hate crimes committed in the U.S. that involved a gun. According to the Southern Poverty Law...

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 22, 2016 in Blog
Contact your Representative and urge them to become a co-sponsor of the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” to prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.
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Hate Crimes and Punishment

Posted by Nadia Aziz on August 27, 2015 in Blog
Donald Trump, who has been leading the Republican Presidential field, has largely garnered attention for his campaign through the anti-immigrant rhetoric that we first saw in his announcement speech. When Mr. Trump was asked about the incident and if he was concerned about his campaign speeches inciting violence, he said, “I think that would be a shame.” He then added that the people following him are “very passionate.” This appalling incident presents an opportunity to discuss the responsibility that public officials and the media have not only to refrain from spouting, engaging in, accepting or tolerating bigoted speech, but to educate themselves, actively challenge, and stand against it. These officials drive public dialogue. When inflammatory and bigoted statements circle the airwaves largely unchallenged, there is a rise in hate crimes.
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AAI Briefing: Hate Crimes - The Original Domestic Terrorism

Posted by David Curtis on July 24, 2015 in Blog
In the current climate when we learn of an atrocious incident almost every week, it is all the more imperative that Americans alter the way we discuss violent acts in this country. The message delivered by Heidi Beirich, Michael German, and James Zogby on Tuesday morning was a desperately vital start. Ms. Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center described the current situation: the number of white supremacist groups in America exploded after the year 2000, when statistics revealed that whites would be a minority by 2040. Although there were around 400 white supremacist groups in the 1990s, this number has actually surged upwards.
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Hate Crimes, The Original Domestic Terrorism

Posted on July 23, 2015 in Countdown Vol. 13 No. 22: The Enemy is Fear

This past week, AAI held a briefing with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Brennan Center for Justice on domestic terrorism that specifically focused on hate crimes. Our briefing reflected a view that Attorney General Loretta Lynch accurately summarized when she stated, “hate crimes are the original domestic terrorism.” Our panelists agreed that while it is critical for our government to combat all forms of violence, more needs to be done to address hate crimes, criminal prosecutions, and thousands of unresolved criminal cases. In fact, our panelists noted that one way to  “counter violent extremism” is...


Democratic Senators Call on FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs, Hindus and Arab Americans

Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Blog
Today, Senators Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein released the names of 26 Senators, all Democrats, who signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller to revise the FBI Hate Crime Incident Report Form (1-699) to allow for the collection and tracking of hate crimes committed against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arab Americans. There have been other congressional initiatives to track crimes against Sikhs, but the Durbin/Feinstein letter is the first time Arab Americans have been included. On the House side, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) is seeking signatures for his own letter which includes all three communities.
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