The Arab American Institute's work in Washington, DC focuses on educating policymakers in Congress and the Administration, working in coalitions alongside allied communities and advocates, holding elected officials accountable to our shared principles and their rhetoric, and translating the myriad of voices in our community into an effectively organized and empowered constituency.

We frequently publish analysis on Congressional news that has far-reaching impacts on our community and the nation more broadly. We use this analysis not only to educate the Arab American community, but to direct and support our advocacy efforts. We are pleased to share these resources widely online; if you are interested in hard copies of any of our reports, please email

Beyond analysis, AAI regularly calls on the Arab American community to take part in our advocacy efforts through contacting your representatives as part of a larger call to action and by attending events we host on Capitol Hill, like Congressional briefings and leadership events.  Click here to learn about the action alerts AAI is currently leading.

Make sure to subscribe to Countdown, our weekly summary of what is happening and what is being said by candidates, officials, and pundits—here in DC and around the country.

Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans 1991-2016

Read our report here.

Leadership Analysis

Read our analysis of how leadership changes in the House and Senate will impact legislation that matters most to the Arab American community.

 114th Congress | 113th Congress | 112th Congress Part 1 & 2


Scorecard is our annual report on the voting record and other actions of each member of Congress on issues like civil liberties, Israel-Palestine, and U.S.-Arab relations.

113th Congress | 112th Congress Part 1 & Part 2 | 111th Congress | 110th Congress Part 1 & 2 | 109th Congress | 108th Congress Part 1 & 2 | 107th Congress Part 1 & 2 

Leadership or Pandering

One of the ways we are fighting intolerance is by holding public officials accountable for the words they use. AAI’s “Leadership or Pandering” series examines the statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry.

Though not comprehensive, and while no official can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

Leadership or Pandering: Grading our Elected Officials (2015)Leadership or Pandering: Grading our Elected Officials (2012)  | Leadership or Pandering: Grading our Elected Officials (2010)