Yasmine Taeb

Legislative Director 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 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 woman to be elected to 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 been appointed to a number of state and local boards, including to the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia; the Arlington County Human Rights Commission; the Arlington County 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.

yasmine@fcnl.org

Articles by Yasmine Taeb

Statement Democratic National Committee Adopts Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the 2001 AUMF 

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the Democratic National Committee adopted a resolution supporting bipartisan efforts to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and calling on Congress to debate and vote on war.

Letter FCNL and 12 Other Organizations Release Statement on U.S. Drone Policy 

On March 7, 2018, FCNL and 12 other organizations released a statement expressing concerns over reported changes to U.S. drone policy and called for greater transparency and accountability of the targeted killing program.

FCNL in the News The Vital Congressional Hearing on the Endless War That Probably Nobody Watched 

The "2001 AUMF," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), "has become a blank check for any president to wage war anytime, anywhere, anyplace without the consent or oversight of Congress."

Letter FCNL Joins 24 other Organizations in Calling on Administration to Resettle Religious Minority Refugees 

On February 27, 2018, FCNL and 24 other organizations sent a letter to the administration calling for the U.S. to fulfill its promise to resettle refugees who are Iranian religious minorities.

FCNL in the News Trump’s Muslim Ban – One Year Old and Still Discriminatory 

When I was 6 years old, my mother, three siblings, and I fled Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, seeking refuge in America. We had no way of knowing then that a president of the United States would one day create a dense web of policies that I think specifically target Iranians and Muslims. We knew only that my fifteen-year-old brother would soon be drafted and sent into battle to die.

Letter 106 Members of Congress Call on Speaker Ryan to Hold a Debate and Vote on Use of Military Force in Syria  

On February 27, more than 100 members of Congress, including 96 Democrats and 10 Republicans, joined a bipartisan letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, calling on him to hold a debate and vote on the use of military force in Syria. This bipartisan letter was led by Reps. Barbara Lee, Tom Cole, James McGovern, and Walter Jones. The letter was released in conjunction with a bipartisan ad-hoc hearing on the 2001 AUMF taking place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 hosted by the House Liberty Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Statement FCNL Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision not to Redesignate TPS for Syria  

On January 31, the Department of Homeland Security announced its decision to extend Temporary Protected Status for Syrian nationals currently living in the United States for an additional 18 months. However, DHS failed to redesignate TPS for Syria which will deprive nearly 2,000 Syrians who arrived in the U.S. after August 1, 2016 of TPS protections.

Letter FCNL and 35 Organizations Call on House to Oppose the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 

On November 30, 2017, FCNL along with 35 other organizations sent a letter to the House urging Members of Congress to oppose the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017.

Letter Don’t Dismantle Our Refugee Resettlement Program, Write 20 Members of Congress 

Last week, 20 Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other administration officials expressing concerns over the president’s most recent refugee ban. Led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Chris Murphy (CT), this letter denounces the detrimental and immoral nature of the ban and requests specific information from the administration.

Letter 78 Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose the Repeal of the Johnson Amendment 

On November 3, 2017, FCNL joined 78 organizations in sending a letter to Reps. Kevin Brady (TX) and Richard Neal (MA), respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. This letter called on the Chairman and Ranking Member to oppose an amendment in the tax reform bill that would repeal the Johnson Amendment.