Posted on September 22, 2016 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release: Sept 19, 2016

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Hill Briefing Tackles “No Fly, No Buy” and the “Terrorist Watch List”

Washington, DC – On Friday, Sept. 23, the Arab American Institute will host a Hill briefing looking at the due process challenges around the “No Fly, No Buy” gun control bill and the “Terrorist Watch List”. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI, 12), who has been an outspoken proponent of addressing due process concerns associated with the “Terrorist Watch List” will make opening remarks. A panel of policy and rights experts will look at the constitutionality of the watch lists and the challenges of linking them to gun control efforts and the regulation of rights.

Panelists include:

Chris Anders, Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. Anders represents the ACLU before Congress and the executive branch. Since joining the ACLU legislative team in 1997, Anders has represented the ACLU on a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues.

Adam Bates, policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice. His research interests include constitutional law, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, police militarization, and overcriminalization. 

Maya Berry, Executive Director, Arab American Institute. After establishing AAI’s first Government Relations department in 1996, Berry led that team for five years before becoming Legislative Director for House Minority Whip David Bonior. Berry started her career in public service working for ACCESS, the nation’s oldest and largest Arab American human services non-profit. 

Ramzi Kassem, is Associate Professor of Law at the City University of New York where he directs the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic. Kassem also supervises the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project, which primarily aims to address the legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.  

WHAT: “No Fly, No Buy” and the “Terrorist Watch List” Hill Briefing

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23, 10-11:30AM

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Rm 122; 27 Independence Ave, SE



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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit

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