First impressions of an AAI summer intern

Posted by Guest on June 16, 2017 in Blog

By Kai Wiggins

Washington, DC is a city full of policy wonks and amateur meteorologists. The average conversation here vacillates between some recent development in national politics or the fact that it is hot, and will continue to be hot, in our nation’s capital. And while talking politics might prove contentious, the DC summer weather is a nonpartisan issue.

As someone unsure about the road ahead, I find comfort in the inevitable swelter. I say this as a person who has never dealt well with heat, but...

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My Immigrant Parents

Posted by Guest on June 15, 2017 in Blog

By Razan Elbaba

My professor from my video production class at the School for Visual Arts asked us to film a video of our choice for our final project. After an extensive brainstorming session, I landed on the idea of telling the immigration story of my parents. The recent presidential election and subsequent Muslim travel ban encouraged me to delve into the harsh reality immigrants face coming to the United States.

After interviewing my parents about the specific details of their journey to the United States over 30...

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Together We Came: Huda Zoghbi

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2017 in Blog

By Oday Yousif

For Dr. Huda Zoghbi, taking risks is key to understanding who she is, her approach to science and her research. Born in Lebanon in 1955, Dr. Zoghbi is a neurology and pediatric neurology physician who is renowned for her work on genetics and neuroscience. Growing up in Beirut, she spent much of her youth pursuing literature and had a passion for Shakespeare. But it was her mother that told her medicine was a “much simpler career” and encouraged her to study biology setting her on a path toward the...

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Statement: AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 12, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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Together We Came: Abdullah Hammoud

Posted by Guest on June 07, 2017 in Blog

By Kai Wiggins

He's young. He's passionate. He's committed to public service. And you can even find him on Snapchat. Meet Michigan State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn). Representing the state’s 15th district, Hammoud is a proactive legislator and consistent advocate for the people of Michigan.

Hammoud draws from a range of academic, professional and civic experiences in his capacity as a lawmaker. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2010, which he followed up with a master's in epidemiology and genetics from the University of...

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Together We Came: Tony Fadell

Posted by Guest on June 01, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata

Does the phrase, “iPod: 1,000 songs in your pocket!” sound groundbreaking to you? Maybe not today, but it was in 2001 when Apple released the first generation iPod. And you have Arab American Tony Fadell to thank for the development of that first sleek music player (authenticity you can now purchase for the low price of $20,000 on eBay).  Known as one of the “fathers of the iPod,” Fadell is a gadget whiz. A product designer, entrepreneur, and investor, Fadell is a one of the...

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Hannah Risheq: an Intersectional Candidate for Virginia’s 67th District

Posted by Joan Hanna on May 17, 2017 in Blog

Hannah Risheq has made national headlines over the past few months -- for all the right reasons. Risheq is an accomplished 25 year-old, who is proudly half Arab American, half Jewish American and running to be the Virginia Delegate in the 67th District. Virginia’s House of Delegates is predominately male and over the age of 35. Risheq is hoping to change that. “I’m happy to be seen as a face of this new generation. In an area like northern Virginia,...

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CATO's Adam Bates Reviews Surveillance Challenges at #ArabAmericansLead Briefing

Posted by Guest on May 08, 2017 in Blog

By Baseem Maleki During an Expert Briefing that was part of AAI’s “Arab American Leadership Days” programming, Adam Bates—a policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice—explained the ways in which the unwarranted surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is ineffective and unconstitutional. Bates argued that programs like the NYPD Demographics Unit, which was designed with the specific intent to surveil Arab Americans and American Muslims, violate the due process clause in both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the United...

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