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 Testifies in Support of Maryland Hate Crime Training Bill

Posted on February 27, 2019
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry testified before the Maryland House of Delegates, Judiciary Committee, in support of H.B. 699, which would instruct the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to require law enforcement training on identifying, reporting, and responding to hate crimes.
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Civil Rights Organization Condemns Trump's Fear Tactics

Posted on January 18, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2019

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org 

(202) 652-4984

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to messaging from President Trump:

"This morning the President of the United States tweeted that a rancher found “prayer rugs” along the nation’s border with Mexico, claiming that many people are “coming across… from many countries.” This comment echoes the President’s claim from October that “people from the Middle East” have been apprehended at the border by U.S. officials, a claim...

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Statement: AAI Welcomes Ruling to Remove Citizenship Question on Decennial Census

Posted on January 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 15, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210 Statement: AAI Welcomes Ruling to Remove Citizenship Question on Decennial Census

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomes today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. AAI is the only Census Bureau-recognized Census Information Center dedicated to analyzing data on the Arab American community.

When the citizenship question was first announced, we raised concerns that the...

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Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Posted on November 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2018

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210 Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Underreporting Remains Significant Problem in FBI’s Annual Statistics

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute expressed concern and disappointment with the release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 2017 hate crime statistics. As expected, hate crime surged yet again in 2017. However, the data contained some glaring omissions, including three of the most severe acts of bias-motivated violence committed last year. And while career officials at the Department of Justice continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving communities and...

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Arab Americans Outraged by Art Jones’ Bigoted Outreach; Organization Sends Cease and Desist Letter Over Misappropriated Logo

Posted on October 24, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 24, 2018CONTACT: Ryan J. Sutorsuto@aaiusa.org / (202) 652-4984Washington, DC — The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) demands that Illinois Republican congressional candidate and self-proclaimed former Nazi Arthur Jones immediately end all use of AAIF’s YallaVote name and logo. AAIF sent Art Jones an official Cease and Desist letter on Tuesday after discovering the misappropriation of the YallaVote name and logo in a campaign advertisement supporting Art Jones. The attempt to co-opt a decades-old, inclusive civic empowerment campaign by a white nationalist who seeks to institutionalize hatred, bigotry, and anti-Semitism is deeply offensive and must not...

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AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry

Posted on October 23, 2018

AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

(202) 429-9210

The Arab American Institute (AAI), a non-partisan organization advocating on behalf of the Arab American community, is calling on the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to condemn Duncan Hunter’s bigoted campaign against Arab American challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar.

In a letter to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers, AAI noted Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter’s rhetoric and campaign ads, depicting...

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Research Reveals FBI Reports Failed to Record Nearly 2,000 Hate Crimes

Posted on July 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 19, 2018

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210

Research Reveals FBI Reports Failed to Record Nearly 2,000 Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Arab American Institute released a comprehensive hate crime report titled: Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans.

This report is the first to examine targeted violence against Arab Americans in nearly a decade, and the first ever to utilize hate crime data reported through official government channels.

Our research found that state level hate crime data show that nearly twice as many anti-Arab hate...

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Muslim Ban Case

Posted on June 26, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2018

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org / (202) 652-4984

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i.

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban that discriminates against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. A vast majority of those impacted by the ban are Muslim,...

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education

Posted on June 07, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education 

Washington, DC - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department of Education:  "Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Ken Marcus as the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education by a narrow...

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Statement on Moving the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

Posted on May 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Statement from Arab American Institute Deputy Director Omar Baddar on Moving the Israel Embassy to Jerusalem: Today, the Trump Administration has opened a US embassy in Jerusalem, cementing his decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Trump’s decision breaks with previous administrations, making his the first to accede to congressional pandering on Israel, in violation of international law. Recognizing the sensitivity and significance of Jerusalem to so many religious communities around the globe, the 1947 UN partition plan protected the city from falling under...

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