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.

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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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

***PRESS RELEASE***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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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