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 Edy Semaan at 315-664-6378.

AAI Statement on the New York Democratic Presidential Primary

Posted on April 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210

April 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Earlier this week, the New York State Board of Elections canceled the Democratic Presidential Primary, which was re-scheduled for June 23, 2020. The Arab American Institute (AAI) requests the New York State Board of Elections to reconsider this decision. This undemocratic decision would silence the voices of nearly 20 million New Yorkers.

In statements to the press, the New York State Board of Elections pointed to the COVID-19 epidemic as the basis for this decision. However, New York state will go forward...

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AAI Denounces Trump Proclamation Temporarily Suspending Entry of Immigrants

Posted on April 22, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 April 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order (EO) that seeks to deny entry to individuals intending to enter the United States pursuant to nearly all immigrant visas for 60 days, effective tomorrow, April 23, 2020. Narrow exceptions to the blanket ban are listed, such as those who already have valid visas, healthcare workers, wealthy investors, and the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens. 

The EO attempts to pit U.S. citizen workers against non-citizen workers, implying that...

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MENA Community Advocates, Faith Leaders, Celebrities Work Together to Promote the 2020 Census

Posted on March 30, 2020

(Washington, D.C. - 3/30/2020) — With less than two days away from April 1st,  i.e. “Census Day,” community advocates, faith leaders, comedians and celebrities from Middle Eastern, North African (MENA) communities are raising their voices to make sure their communities are counted in the 2020 Census.  

Considered a hard-to-count population, individuals with ancestry from the MENA region have historically been one of the most undercounted populations in America, along with other minority groups such as African Americans and Latinos. 

According to Basem Hassan, MENA Strategy Director for the 2020 Census Communications Campaign, there is a general unawareness of the positive impact that Census data has on local communities and a latent mistrust toward the government about how data collected will be used.  

Understanding these challenges, Hassan and his team of experts worked the last few years creating a campaign based on proper audience research and community outreach to educate and gain trust before the rollout of the...

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Media Advisory: Election Protection 2020 Hotlines and Field Programs Stand Ready to Assist Voters

Posted on February 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information about the teleconference, contact: press@lawyerscommittee.org at 202-662-8327. 

For more information about AAI's #YallaVote Voter Protection Hotline, contact: Edy Semaan at esemaan@aaiusa.org or 202-429-9210.

February 24, 2020

Problems at the Polls? Election Protection 2020 Hotlines and Field Programs Stand Ready to Assist Voters

Media Teleconference this Tuesday, February 25 at 11 AM EDT

WHAT: Press Call to discuss the efforts of Election Protection 2020 to assist voters who have questions or encounter problems when voting. Election Protection is a year-round non-partisan resource for voters.  For the past 19 years, the Election Protection program, the...

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AAI Statement on the Trump Administration’s Latest Iteration of the Muslim Ban

Posted on January 31, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 January 31, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

“This is now the 4th version of the Muslim Ban. In addition to the countries listed under Proclamation 9645, the following countries are under some level of travel restriction:

Burma*Eritrea*IranKyrgyzstan*LibyaNigeria*North KoreaSomaliaSudan*SyriaTanzania*VenezuelaYemen*added today

Nine of these countries have large Muslim populations, but one principle unites the multiple versions of the Muslim and refugee bans: white nationalism. Today's news reaffirms the need to pass the NO BAN Act. Congress must act...

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AAI Statement on the Third Anniversary of the Muslim Ban

Posted on January 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 January 27, 2020 Washington, D.C.—Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement:  "Today is the third anniversary of President Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Ban, a hateful policy first enacted amid chaos and confusion which has impacted the lives of hundreds of people, both within the United States and across the world. 

Since it was first enacted, the Muslim and Refugee Ban has gone through various iterations in an attempt to launder the anti-Muslim intent evidenced by Trump’s campaign promises and...

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AAI Denounces DHS Failure to Re-designate TPS for Somalia

Posted on January 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 January 18, 2020 Washington, D.C.—Late Friday night, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend for 18 months, but not re-designate, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia. Current TPS holders will have their status extended until September 17, 2021. However, the failure to re-designate TPS for Somalia abandons the moral and legal obligation of the United States to protect recently-arrived Somalis in the United States from being forced to return to life-threatening conditions in Somalia. TPS allows citizens of...

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Announcing Launch of the MENA Artisan Initiative

Posted on January 06, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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

Washington, D.C. -- The Arab American Institute Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of The MENA Artisan Initiative- a new endeavor that aims to connect artisans from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and art galleries in the United States.

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AAI Denounces DHS Failure to Re-designate TPS for Yemen

Posted on January 03, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 January 3, 2020 Washington, D.C.—Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend for 18 months, but not re-designate, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen. Current TPS holders will have their status extended until September 3, 2021. However, the failure to re-designate TPS for Yemen abandons the moral and legal obligation of the United States to protect recently-arrived Yemenis in the United States from being forced to return to life-threatening conditions in Yemen. TPS allows citizens of specified war-torn...

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

Posted on November 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2019

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(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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