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 Representatives Sign Letter Urging More Refugee Resettlement 

In response to the Trump administration’s announcement of a historically low refugee admissions goal for 2018, over 100 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the White House calling on the administration to increase the refugee admissions goal from 45,000 to 110,000. Additionally, this letter expresses concern over a proposed “assimilation standard” for refugees.

Statement FCNL Welcomes Hawaii Federal Judge Decision to Block Muslim Ban 3.0 

FCNL welcomes a Hawaii federal judge's decision to block implementation of President Trump’s travel ban that primarily affects Muslim-majority countries.

Statement Cap of 45,000 Refugees is Unacceptable 

On September 29, 2017, the White House announced a refugee cap of 45,000 for the 2018 fiscal year. FCNL condemns this unacceptably low number, as it abandons our country’s values and the people who need our help the most.

Press Release FCNL Hosts White House Rally Against Muslim Ban 3.0 

On September 26, 2017, FCNL along with 13 other organizations hosted a rally behind the White House to protest the Trump administration’s most recent travel ban and proposed refugee cap of 45,000. Activists, reporters, members of Congress, musicians, and general citizens gathered at 6:00 pm to listen to the speakers and express deep opposition to the administration’s discriminatory and exclusionary measures.

Statement FCNL Opposes Muslim Ban 3.0 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation strongly opposes President Trump’s proclamation to indefinitely ban nearly all travel from seven nations, including six Muslim-majority countries.

Statement AUMF Amendment Tabled, a Squandered Opportunity 

The Senate Ducks a Vote on War

On September 13, the United States Senate voted (61-36) to table an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, which called for repealing the 2001 and 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Advocacy Resource Stand With Refugee Neighbors This Summer 

To support you in your advocacy, we have compiled a set of resources to help you post about refugee issues on social media, write letters to your local paper, and tell your members of Congress that our communities welcome people in need.

Statement FCNL Urges Congress to Rein in War Authority as House Foreign Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on the AUMF 

Even after the hearing itself has ended, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb said, members of the committee should engage in a rigorous debate on war authority and work towards repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Yasmine Taeb to Speak on Netroots Panel with Rep. Pocan and Rep. Schakowsky 

Alongside Representatives Mark Pocan and Jan Schakowsky, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb will discuss grassroots mobilization and movement-building around the Muslim ban on a panel at the Netroots Nation Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 11th.

Letter More Than 200 Faith Leaders and Organizations Call for Values-Driven Immigration and Refugee Budget 

To bring U.S. immigration policy in line with our values of welcome and assistance to those in need, FCNL joined a letter urging members of Congress to fully fund refugee protection and oppose funding for the creation of a mass deportation force.