Yasmine Taeb

Legislative Representative for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Yasmine Taeb

Yasmine directs FCNL’s work on a number of human rights and civil liberties issues, including lobbying for increased resettlement of Syrian refugees, more transparency and oversight of the U.S. lethal drones program, calling for the closure of Guantanamo, and for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, among other issues.

Previously, Yasmine served as Project Manager at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and co-author of CAP’s Islamophobia report, “Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America.” Yasmine has substantial legislative and advocacy experience and has served as the Government Relations Manager for the Arab American Institute as well as a Legislative Fellow for Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA).

Yasmine was elected to the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and is the first Muslim from Virginia to serve on the DNC. She has advised and worked on several national and state political campaigns, including working for President Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. Yasmine has served on a number of state and local boards, including on the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia; the Arlington County Human Rights Commission; the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW); and is a Gubernatorial appointee on the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT). Yasmine also actively works to engage communities of color in the political process and has served as Vice-Chair of the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, a caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Yasmine's writings and commentaries have appeared in The Hill, Newsweek, The Washington Post, New York Times, Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, and ThinkProgress. She holds a J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, a Graduate Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Yasmine is the recipient of the 2017 We are EMILY Award from EMILY's List, a 2017 University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni, 2016 Young Women of Achievement Awardee for Service/Nonprofit Advocacy, and the recipient of the 2016 Diversity Award for Leadership in the Legal Profession from Penn State Law.


Articles by Yasmine Taeb

Statement FCNL Opposes House Anti-Refugee Legislation 

Based on our commitment to honoring human dignity and assisting those experiencing hardship, FCNL opposes H.R. 2826 and all other policy proposals that would undermine refugee resettlement.

Statement FCNL Welcomes 9th Circuit Decision Upholding Block of Muslim and Refugee Ban 

As an organization committed to making the United States a more open, welcoming place, FCNL is heartened by the 9th Circuit's decision to maintain the block of President Trump's executive order barring refugees and individuals from six Muslim-majority countries.

Advocacy Resource What Will You Do for World Refugee Day? 

In the weeks leading up to June 20th, recognized internationally as World Refugee Day, we are calling on local comunities to voice their support for refugees. Towards that end, we have compiled a set of resources to help you find local events, post about refugee issues on social media, and tell your members of Congress that our communities welcome people in need.

Update Yasmine Taeb Discusses Pro-Refugee Advocacy at ECDC Conference 

On a panel at the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.'s annual conference, FCNL Lobbyist on Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb emphasized the importance of bipartisanship and grassroots, community-based advocacy on behalf of refugees.

Event Yasmine Taeb to Discuss Immigrant Experience at VAYD Immigration Summit 

Drawing connections between her personal story and national policy, FCNL Lobbyist Yasmine Taeb will share her experience as an Iranian immigrant on a panel at the Virginia Young Democrats' Immigration Summit on Saturday, June 3rd.

Update President’s Budget Proposal Fails Refugees, Betrays American Tradition of Welcome 

The President’s proposed cuts to several refugee accounts would jeopardize the long-standing tradition of the U.S. welcoming vulnerable populations fleeing violence and persecution. In the midst of the worst global refugee crisis, by reducing our commitment to welcome refugees and cutting vital funding, will send a deeply troubling message to international partners in terms of the U.S. role in humanitarian assistance.

Update FCNL Heartened by 4th Circuit Decision Upholding Suspension of Muslim Ban 

FCNL welcomes the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to uphold a block on President Trump's March 6th executive order barring individuals from six Muslim-majority countries.

Update FCNL's Yasmine Taeb Speaks at Rally Opposing Muslim Ban as Fourth Circuit Hears Arguments 

As the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the suspension of President Trump's Muslim ban executive order, FCNL lobbyist Yasmine Taeb addressed a crowd in Richmond, VA, gathered in solidarity with Muslims, refugees, and immigrants.

Update FCNL's Yasmine Taeb Speaks at May Day Rally in Solidarity with Immigrants, Refugees, and Workers 

Declaring that we must all stand up and reject policies based on discrimination and hate, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb spoke at a rally in solidarity with immigrants, refugees, and workers on May 1st.

Update FCNL Joins 48 Faith-Based Organizations in Filing Brief Opposing the Muslim Ban Executive Order 

Alongside 48 other faith-based organizations, FCNL filed an amicus brief in opposition to President Trump's executive order barring refugees and individuals from a number of Muslim-majority countries.