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October 17, 2017

Hawaii Judge Blocks Expanded Muslim Ban from Going into Effect

A federal judge in Hawaii - U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson - has granted a temporary restraining order, effectively blocking President Trump's expanded Muslim ban from going into effect on Wednesday, October 18th. The expanded directive came just hours before the expanded directive was set to go into effect at midnight.

Avideh Moussavian serves as a Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), an organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
Azadeh Shahshahani is Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South. Azadeh has worked for a number of years in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Ibraham Qatabi is a Yemeni American political analyst and a human rights advocate and organizer. He is also a legal worker for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).
Dr. Debbie Almontaser is affiliated with the Yemeni American Merchants Association of New York (YAMA), which was birthed through the Yemeni Bodega Strike in New York in Protest to the Executive Order Travel Ban.
Jehan Hakim serves as a Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Formerly, she was the President of the California Chapter of the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals (AAYSP).
Naureen Shah is the Senior Director of Campaigns at the US section of Amnesty International. She manages Amnesty International’s work to respond to crisis, including developments arising from conflicts, coups and rapid political changes.
September 22, 2017

Trump announces Travel Ban 3.0

The Trump administration announced a new set of travel restrictions tonight. Most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be indefinitely banned from traveling to the United States. Iraqis and Venezuelans will also face additional restrictions.

Sahar F. Aziz is a Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School. She can speak as a constitutional scholar and legal expert on the Ban.
Faiza Patel serves as co-director of the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, which recently published a report on extreme vetting.
Jehan Hakim serves as a Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Formerly, she was the President of the California Chapter of the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals (AAYSP).
Of Yemeni heritage herself, Dr. Almontaser - with a collective of bodega owners - led the historic Bodega Strike and rally in Brooklyn, Borough Hall, in response to the Muslim Ban, where thousands of store owners peacefully protested the unjust ban.
Of Iranian descent, Ms. Shahshahani is Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South. She has worked for a number of years in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Taif Jany was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. At age 16, he fled the sectarian civil conflict in the country and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. At the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, Mr. Jany coordinates nationwide projects to effectively impact policy at all levels of government.
Ibraham Qatabi is a Yemeni American political analyst and a human rights advocate and organizer, currently working at the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Following President Trump’s Muslim Ban, Mr. Qatabi helped mobilize the community, organized Know Your Rights events, and connected individuals and families with legal counsel.
Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Ms. Billoo joined the speaker lineup at the Women’s March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders.
Michael German is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, which recently published a report on extreme vetting.
Suman Raghunathan leads one of the largest South Asian grassroots organizations in the country and has organized on the ground opposition to the ban in the past.
Farhana Khera is executive director of Muslim Advocates and litigating against the Muslim Ban policy.
September 18, 2017

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Muslim Ban on October 10th

As the legal battle over President Trump's Muslim ban heads to the Supreme Court, oral arguments in the case challenging the Muslim ban are sure to reignite debate about national security, religious discrimination and religious freedom, and what it truly means to be American. Sources relevant to this story include those directly impacted by the ban, as well as national security experts and advocates.

Of Yemeni heritage herself, Dr. Almontaser - with a collective of bodega owners - led the historic Bodega Strike and rally in Brooklyn, Borough Hall, in response to the Muslim Ban, where thousands of store owners peacefully protested the unjust ban.
Of Iranian descent, Ms. Shahshahani is Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South. She has worked for a number of years in the Southeast to protect the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Taif Jany was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. At age 16, he fled the sectarian civil conflict in the country and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. At the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, Mr. Jany coordinates nationwide projects to effectively impact policy at all levels of government.
Ibraham Qatabi is a Yemeni American political analyst and a human rights advocate and organizer, currently working at the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Following President Trump’s Muslim Ban, Mr. Qatabi helped mobilize the community, organized Know Your Rights events, and connected individuals and families with legal counsel.
Jehan Hakim serves as a Community Advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Formerly, she was the President of the California Chapter of the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals (AAYSP).
Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Ms. Billoo joined the speaker lineup at the Women’s March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders.