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CLEAR’s Work with Uzbek and Yemeni Communities in the US Featured in New York Times

May 28, 2015

CLEAR’s work with Uzbek immigrants who were recently questioned by law enforcement and a Yemeni-American man whose US passport was unfairly revoked was recently featured in the New York Times.

Fighting Surveillance of American Muslims: The CLEAR Project

December 16, 2013

Imagine you’re about to walk out of your home to head to work. But as you open the door, you see someone waiting for you who claims to be a law enforcement agent.

The Nation: Diala Shamas on FBI Surveillance of Muslims

November 1, 2013

In The Nation magazine, Diala Shamas discusses the similarities between the surveillance on American Muslims by both the New York Police Department and the FBI.

The Next Homeland Security Director: Weighing in on the Choices

July 23, 2013

In an online debate in The New York Times, CUNY Law’s Diala Shamas responds to an op-ed piece which looks at why President Obama should name New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the next Homeland Security Director.

ACLU, NYCLU and CLEAR Project Challenge NYPD Muslim Surveillance

June 19, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project of Main Street Legal Services, Inc. at CUNY School of Law, are bringing a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department on behalf of Muslim New Yorkers.

Online Debate in NYTimes on Government Surveillance Cites CLEAR Report

June 11, 2013

Yesterday, the New York Times featured an online debate between Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, over the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance activities.

CLEAR Project Wins CLEA Excellence Award

May 6, 2013

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.

Prof. Kassem Speaks to WNYC on Surveillance of Muslim Communities

April 24, 2013

Professor Ramzi Kassem spoke with WNYC about New York Representative Peter King’s call for increased surveillance of Muslim American communities in the wake of the bombings in Boston, Mass.

Diala Shamas Op-Ed: Muslim Spying Has Real Victims

April 1, 2013

Diala Shamas’s op-ed in today’s New York Daily News describes the impact that 10 years of spying by the New York Police Department has had on Muslim communities in the city.

Diala Shamas on the Impact of Surveillance on American Muslims in Aljzaeera Op-Ed

March 14, 2013

In an op-ed in Aljazeera, Diala Shamas, a Liman Fellow at the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project, and Nermeen Arastu, a volunteer attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), discuss the impact of NYPD surveillance on American Muslims.

CLEAR Project Issues Report on Impact of NYPD Surveillance on American Muslims

March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013 – American Muslim civil liberties groups released a new report today, Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims, documenting the devastating impacts of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) extensive surveillance program that targeted American Muslims throughout the Northeast and spread outrage throughout the nation.

Prof. Kassem in HuffPost on Zero Dark Thirty Controversy

January 18, 2013

In an article on the Huffington Post, Professor Ramzi Kassem discusses the controversy surrounding the new film Zero Dark Thirty, which “leaves viewers with the false impression that torture led to the killing of Usama bin Laden.”

Prof. Ramzi Kassem in Wall Street Journal on Undercover Stings

January 10, 2013

Prof. Ramzi Kassem talks about the role of undercover stings in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Professor Kassem directs CUNY Law’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility Project.

This American Life and AlterNet Feature CUNY CLEAR Project

August 13, 2012

This American Life and AlterNet featured CUNY Law’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) Project.

CLEAR Project Honored By Queens Borough President

July 17, 2012

Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall will honor the CUNY Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project at the Fourth Annual Iftar Program on July 25th, 2012, for its dedication to training Muslim, Arab, and South Asian New Yorkers to know their civil rights.

The Nation: Prof. Kassem on Curbing NYPD Excess

June 14, 2012

In The Nation magazine’s July 2nd issue, “Islamophobia: Anatomy of an American Panic,” Professor Ramzi Kassem shares the history and impact of the surveillance of Muslim communities in “The Long Roots of the NYPD Spying Program.” Professor Kassem directs CUNY Law’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility Project.

Supporting Muslim Communities in New York City: Amna Akbar

April 15, 2012

Amna Akbar joined the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) project of the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic in fall 2011 as a supervising attorney and adjunct professor

Diala Shamas: Liman Fellow with the CLEAR Project

April 15, 2012

Diala Shamas is one of only seven recipients of Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship this year.

Democracy Now! Features Prof. Kassem on Guantánamo 10th Anniversary

January 11, 2012

Democracy Now! featured Professor Ramzi Kassem in its story about the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo. Prof. Kassem, who serves as counsel to some Guantánamo detainees, spoke about the hunger strike and peaceful protests

Students Invite Panel of Guests to Speak on Racial Profiling

December 7, 2011

On Thursday, November 17, students invited a panel of speakers to educate the CUNY Law community on racial profiling. The panel, “Restoring Justice: Reflections on Racial Profiling in a Post 9/11 America,” was sponsored

Professors Kassem and Akbar Dispell Myths on CLEAR Project

November 29, 2011

Professors Ramzi Kassem and Amna Akbar set the record straight on the facts about CUNY Law’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) Project.

Samar, co-edited by Beena Ahmad (’10), Publishes Prof. Kassem’s Op-Ed on the Consequences of Counterterrorism Practices

September 12, 2011

Professor Ramzi Kassem, Director of CUNY Law’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, provides a close look at the impact of post 9/11 counterterrorism policies

CLEAR Calls for Investigation of NYPD Surveillance

August 26, 2011

A new report from the Associated Press states that the New York Police Department has been using covert surveillance on Muslims in New York since 9/11. At a news conference held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in response to the report, Ramzi Kassem

Professor Kassem on Due Process and the Obama Administration

July 13, 2011

In an op-ed in Aljazeera, Professor Ramzi Kassem, who directs CUNY Law’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, talks about the Obama Administration’s continuation of Bush-era practices that erode due process and justice.

Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic Student Suha Dabbouseh Discusses Protests at Guantánamo

January 27, 2011

Marking the ninth anniversary of the U.S. military prison camp’s opening, most of the remaining prisoners in Camps 5 and 6 at Guantánamo have joined together to peacefully protest their indefinite imprisonment with a sit-in and signs.

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