Rebecca Harris

Program Assistant for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris works closely with Legislative Representative Yasmine Taeb on issues including the Syrian refugee situation, the United States’ “War on Terror,” military use of lethal drones, and the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. As Program Assistant, she conducts research, meets with congressional staff, and drafts letters and other materials.

Rebecca joined FCNL in August, 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies and Economics from Brown University, where she wrote her honors thesis on Syrian refugees’ integration into the Jordanian labor force.

She is originally from Boston, MA, and loves handwritten letters, group exercise classes, and breakfast.

Articles by Rebecca Harris

Update Rep. Lofgren Introduces Legislation to Rescind Muslim Ban 2.0 

Calling President Trump's most recent executive order "un-American" and "unconstitutional," Representative Zoe Lofgren has introduced legislation to rescind it.

Update New Executive Order on Refugees, Immigrants No Better than the First 

Though the Trump administration made superficial changes to its original executive order on refugees and immigrants, the new version is no better: it still creates a de facto Muslim ban and does grave, unnecessary harm to people around the world.

Update FCNL's Yasmine Taeb Organizes Rally to Protest President Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 

Several hundred people, including DNC Chairman Tom Perez, attended a rally outside the White House on March 6th in response to President Trump's executive order barring refugees and individuals from six Muslim-majority countries.

Update Yasmine Taeb Speaks on Panel at American University Addressing Post-Election Islamophobia 

FCNL's Yasmine Taeb addressed the Trump administration's recent executive order on refugees and immigrants, as well as a planned executive order on the Muslim Brotherhood, on a panel convened by American University's School of International Service on February 13th.

Update FCNL’s Yasmine Taeb Speaks at Town Hall Hosted by the Next Wave Muslim Initiative 

Yasmine Taeb, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, participated in a town hall panel and discussion on civic engagement hosted by the Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI) on Sunday, February 12th.

Update FCNL Lobbyist Yasmine Taeb Speaks at Progressive Congress Summit with Two Members of Congress 

Yasmine Taeb, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, spoke alongside Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL) and Mark Takano (CA) at a panel at the Progressive Congress Summit on Sunday, February 5th.

Update To End Torture, We Need Transparency 

Our next president should immediately suspend the military commissions where some Guantanamo detainees are being tried. Not only are these commissions biased and inefficient, but they lack transparency—and that means that reports of torture at Guantanamo are all too easy to bury or conceal.

Update Why We Must Reject a Proposed Religious Test for Refugees 

While there were certainly some dark moments for religious freedom in the early history of the United States, in which Quakers and others were denied the right to practice their faith, the Founding Fathers ultimately came down firmly on the side of religious liberty.

Update Our Compassion Must Outweigh Our Fear 

As some leaders have seized upon the recent, tragic events in Brussels as an opportunity to sow fear and discord within American communities, we must call upon our elected officials to demonstrate compassionate leadership and show solidarity with all victims of terrorism around the world, Christian and Muslim alike.