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The post-9/11 environment has seen the proliferation of domestic national security policies and government surveillance targeting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities. Christina Sinha of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and Ammad Rafiqi of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will discuss how to protect your and your clients’ constitutional freedoms and civil liberties.
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.
Sponsored by the Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Students Association (MESALSA).
Christina Sinha co-leads the National Security and Civil Rights Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Utilizing a combination of impact litigation, direct legal services, and policy reform, Christina represents African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AAMEMSA) community members who are caught up in the post-9/11 national security apparatus. She particularly focuses on the entanglement of the national security, criminal justice, and immigration systems.
Ammad Wajahat Rafiqi is the Civil Rights & Legal Services Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the work of the Legal Services team, including their representation of clients facing religious discrimination/denial of accommodation at work or in public spaces and law enforcement harassment, as well as their documentation of targeted hate towards American Muslims.