Posted on March 22, 2016 in Press Releases
Posted on June 09, 2015 in Press Releases
Contact: Waseem MardiniPhone: (202) 429-9210
WASHINGTON, DC – 6/9/2015 – President Barack Obama has reappointed Arab American Institute President Dr. James J. Zogby to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said "Jim's reappointment is testament to his valuable and critical in support of justice and in defense of religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad"
Comprised of nine members, USCIRF is charged with monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership...Read more
Posted on April 29, 2015 in Press Releases
April 28, 2015
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Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at
Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday
Salma Hayek, Lawrence Wright, Michael Baroody,
and John Sexton to receive Kahlil Gibran Awards
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will deliver the keynote address Wednesday evening, April 29, at the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The event at 6:30 pm at the Omni Shoreham Hotel will honor four exceptional individuals for their...Read more
Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Blog
AAI joined a coalition of 150 civil rights organizations in a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Eric Holder imploring him to direct the FBI to open a federal hate crime investigation into the tragic slaying of three Arab American Muslims, Deah Shaddy Barakat (23 years old), Yusor Mohammad Abu Salha (21 years old), and Razan Mohammad Abu Salha (19 years old), who were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 10th.
With hate crimes targeting Arab Americans and American Muslims on the rise, we expect our country’s highest elected officials and the Department of Justice to...Read more
Posted on December 15, 2014 in Arab American Institute
Zogby Research Services conducted a November 2014 poll for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, an annual event cohosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, "Today's Middle East: Pressures & Challenges," surveyed eight Middle East and North African countries on the emergence of ISIS, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth of sectarianism, the future of Syria and Iraq, Iran's nuclear program, and more. While the poll confirms many prevailing assumptions about regional outlooks, it reveals some surprising shifts in public opinion. A key finding is that despite deep regional...Read more
Posted by on December 08, 2014 in Blog
Today, Attorney General Eric Holder and the White House unveiled much anticipated revisions to 2003 Department of Justice Guidance on the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies (“Guidance”). The DOJ has finally expanded the definition of profiling to prohibit to the use of gender, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to race and ethnicity. While this is a small sign of progress, the Guidance fails to address homeland security and border integrity loopholes as well FBI mapping practices that have created space for routine and egregious constitutional and civil liberties violations.
Holder’s new guidelines...Read more
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The 2014 Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service will be presented to Senator George J. Mitchell at this year’s annual Gibran Gala on Friday, April 25.
Whether Senator Mitchell is known for being one of the most respected figures in Congress, or more recently as Middle East peace envoy and author of the “Mitchell Report,” we take much pride in such an extraordinary Arab American public servant. In his long and distinguished career, Senator Mitchell has continually demonstrated his beliefs of inclusion, cooperation and an unwavering commitment to peace.
In his fifteen years in...Read more
Posted on February 05, 2013 in Press Releases
For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 5, 2013Contact: Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988
WASHINGTON, DC - February 5, 2013 - Today, the Arab American Institute submitted the following statement praising the efforts that President Obama and members of Congress have taken to address fundamental immigration reform, including holding today's timely hearing convened by the House Judiciary Committee WASHINGTON, DC - February 5, 2013 - Today, the Arab American Institute submitted the following statement praising the efforts that President Obama and members of Congress have taken to address fundamental immigration reform, including holding today's timely hearing convened by the House Judiciary...Read more