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 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).

Event 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.

Letter 35 Organizations Support Amendment to Block Transfer of Refugee Office from DOS to DHS 

As the Trump administration considers dissolving the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the Department of State and transferring some of its responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security, FCNL and more than thirty other organizations have signed a letter urging representatives to block this executive action.

Update House Rejects Islamophobic Proposal 

The U.S. House of Representatives today delivered a strong rebuke to lawmakers seeking to expand the Trump administration’s religious profiling and Islamophobic policies.

Update FCNL Welcomes Federal Judge's Decision Limiting Implementation of Travel Ban 

US District Court Judge Derrick Watson ruled on July 13th that the administration cannot apply its travel ban to close relatives of individuals in the United States or refugees given "formal assurances" of resettlement by U.S. resettlement agencies.

FCNL in the News FCNL's Yasmine Taeb Addresses Impact of Travel Ban on Iranian-Americans 

In an interview with I24News, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties discusses the Trump administration's travel ban and its interpretation of a recent Supreme Court decision allowing a modified version of the executive order to go into effect. Calling the executive order "immoral" and "unconstitutional," Taeb describes its impact on her own family and provides updates on related litigation.

Statement Supreme Court Allows Part of Muslim Ban to Go Into Effect 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation is disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court decided to allow part of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect while it considers the broader Executive Order.

Update FCNL Lobbyist Yasmine Taeb Organizes Rally in Response to Supreme Court Ruling 

Following a Supreme Court ruling allowing part of President Trump's March 6th travel ban executive order to go into effect, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb organized a rally outside the Supreme Court in opposition to the Court's decision.

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.