Legislative Representative for Human Rights and Civil Liberties
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 has advised and worked on several national and state political campaigns, including President Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. She also ran for a Virginia House of Delegates seat in the summer of 2014. Yasmine has served on a number of state and local boards, including the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. Yasmine serves as a Commissioner on the Arlington County Human Rights Commission as well as a Gubernatorial appointee on the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT). She also actively works to engage communities of color in the political process and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV), a caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Yasmine’s writings and commentaries have appeared in The Hill, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera English, and Middle East Eye. 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 2016 Young Women of Achievement Award for Service/Nonprofit Advocacy and the recipient of the 2016 Diversity Award for Leadership in the Legal Profession from Penn State Law.