Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Omar Baddar at 202-429-9210.

2018 Hate Crime Data Show Deadliest Year on Record, Most Violent Since 9/11-Backlash

Posted on November 12, 2019

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November 12, 2019

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

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(202) 429-9210 2018 Hate Crime Data Show Deadliest Year on Record, Most Violent Since 9/11-Backlash. AAI calls on federal, state, and local officials to improve the response to hate crime.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute (AAI) today called for a better response to hate crime after the FBI’s 2018 hate crime data showed the deadliest year on record and the most violent since 2001, when a surge of incidents was reported in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As with the 2016 and...

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AAI Statement on Refugee Resettlement

Posted on September 27, 2019

Last night the Trump administration announced its intention to cap refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 at 18,000 individuals, the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the program. The decision to abandon tens of thousands of refugees in their time of greatest need, while Americans stand willing and able to welcome them, is a shameful, embarrassing, and cruel abdication of moral responsibility. 

This Presidential Determination represents the Trump administration's third straight decline in refugee resettlement goals, from 45,000 for FY 2018 and 30,000 for FY 2019 to now 18,000 in FY 2020. Historically, the annual goal...

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AAI Joins Bipartisan Call for Passage of the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act

Posted on September 25, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202)429-9210

September 25, 2019

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the Arab American Institute joined a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress and leading national civil rights groups to call for the passage of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality Act of 2019 (Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act). The siblings of Khalid Jabara and the mother of Heather Heyer, in whose memory the bill is named, were joined by bill cosponsors Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and...

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TUNISIAN DELEGATION VISITS THE UNITED STATES AS PART OF THE INAUGURAL COHORT OF THE U.S.-MENA EXPERIENTIAL PARTNERSHIP

Posted on September 17, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210

Washington, D.C. – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) welcomed the inaugural cohort of the U.S. – MENA Experiential Partnership in Washington, D.C. in September. The Partnership is a pioneering initiative spearheaded by the Arab American Institute Foundation, with support from the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The partnership pairs Arab American public servants with newly-elected officials in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for a year-long co-mentorship exchange that champions decentralization, good governance and public private partnerships....

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AAI Marks Tragic Anniversary by Calling for Passage of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

Posted on August 12, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner, twaggoner@aaiusa.org | (202) 429-9210 

August 12, 2019 

On Tragic Anniversary, AAI Joins Families and Civil Rights Organizations to Call for Action on Hate Crime 

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-  On the anniversary of the 2016 murder of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the 2017 murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

“August 12 is a day indelibly seared in our memories. In 2016, Khalid Jabara was murdered on his front porch by a neighbor with a long history of hate speech, intimidation and violence directed towards the Jabara family. One year later, the world was aghast as the grounds of the University of Virginia and the streets of Charlottesville were gripped by hate, and Heather Heyer was murdered while peacefully taking a stand against it.  

Today, August 12, 2019, AAI is humbled to work with the families of Khalid and Heather in support of improved hate crime data collection and a more effective response to hate crime in our communities. 

We need members of Congress to understand that hate can’t wait. Alongside these brave families and a broad coalition of civil rights organizations, we urge Congress to pass the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act.” 


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On Tragic Anniversary, AAI Joins Families and Civil Rights Organizations to Call for Action on Hate Crime

Posted on August 11, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner, twaggoner@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210 

August 11, 2019 

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the deaths of two victims of hate crime.  

Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer were killed on the same day, August 12, one year apart: Khalid, in 2016, standing on his front doorstep in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Heather, in 2017, marching peacefully in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the devastating murders of Khalid and Heather were prosecuted as hate crimes in state and federal court, respectively, neither was reported in official hate crime statistics.  

These omissions underscore the systemic issues with underreporting in our official hate...

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AAI Statement on Tragic Death of Jimmy Aldaoud

Posted on August 08, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner (202) 429-9210 twaggoner@aaiusa.org

August 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Yesterday, the Arab American Institute was horrified to learn about the death of Jimmy Aldaoud, an Arab American who was deported to Iraq, despite having never lived in the country. Having several chronic medical conditions, but unable to speak Arabic and having no family in the country, Jimmy died homeless on the streets of Baghdad. 

Jimmy did not have to die. He was likely deported pursuant to Executive Order 13768 which, among other things, attempts to strong arm countries to...

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AAI Mourns Hate-fueled Violence

Posted on August 05, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

August 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the seven-year anniversary of the white supremacist mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which killed six people and wounded others. We mark this devastating anniversary in the midst of a new tragedy, as the nation reels from back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which killed 29 people and injured many. The El Paso shooting, which left 20 dead and dozens wounded, appears to also be motivated by white supremacy, as the shooter allegedly published a manifesto decrying the

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AAI Dismayed by DHS Failure to Re-designate TPS for Syria

Posted on August 01, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Tess M. Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 August 1, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend, but not re-designate, temporary protected status (TPS) for Syria. The failure to re-designate TPS for Syria abandon’s the moral and legal obligation of the United States to protect recently-arrived Syrians in the United States from being forced to return to life-threatening conditions in Syria.

TPS allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Syria has been designated for the TPS program since...

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AAI CONDEMNS EGREGIOUS BIGOTRY

Posted on July 18, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

July 18, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On Thursday, July 18, 2019, AAI issued the following statement: 

Behind the seal of the President of the United States, Donald Trump incited a gathering of his followers into chants of “send her back” about a sitting member of Congress. The scene targeting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at last night’s event in North Carolina should send chills down the spines of every American of conscience.

This is not about the President of the United States anymore. His racism predates even his birther conspiracies about the country’s first black President,...

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