May 6, 2013
At the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Clinical Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, CUNY Law’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project and its recent report , Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims, received the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Excellence In a Public Interest Case or Project Award. Professor Ramzi Kassem, Liman Fellow Diala Shamas, and fomer CUNY Law Professor Amna Akbar accepted the award and took the occasion to speak about the importance of the CLEAR project.
The CLEAR project primarily aims to address the legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices. CLEAR’s recent report, Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims, documents the devastating impact of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) extensive surveillance program that targeted American Muslims throughout the Northeast.