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

Event FCNL’s Yasmine Taeb to Speak at Poligon’s First Anniversary Bash 

On January 26, FCNL Lobbyist for Human Rights and Civil Liberties Yasmine Taeb will speak at the first anniversary celebration of the Poligon Education Fund.

Letter FCNL and 35 Organizations Sign Letter Opposing Ineffectual Surveillance Reform 

On November 30, 2017, FCNL along with 35 other organizations sent a letter to representatives opposing 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.

Letter 45 Organizations Send Letter to Senate Calling for Impactful Surveillance Reform 

On November 6, 2017, FCNL and forty-four other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for more comprehensive surveillance reform on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Letter Trump Should Consult Congress on Military Actions in Niger, Write 48 Members of Congress 

On November 3, 2017, 48 U.S representatives sent a letter to President Trump voicing their concerns about U.S. military operations in Niger. The bipartisan letter, which was co-led by Reps. Barbara Lee (D- CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC), emphasized Congress’s sole authority to declare war by calling on the administration to seek an authorization from Congress for expanded military action in Niger.

Update Time for Congress to Reclaim Its Constitutional War Authority 

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force has provided three presidents with a blank check to wage war without congressional review or approval as required by the U.S. Constitution. But in the last few months, members of Congress from both political parties are starting to question the endless expansion of U.S. wars.

Statement FCNL Submits Statement for the Record for Senate Hearing on Authorization for Use of Military Force  

On October 30, 2017, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to discuss the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, legislation FCNL strongly supports repealing. Yasmine Taeb, FCNL’s Lobbyist on Human Rights and Civil Liberties, submitted the following statement for the record.

Statement FCNL Rejects Trump’s Latest Refugee Ban 

On October 24, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order outlining changes to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program that will cause massive delays and completely halt the acceptance of certain refugee applications. FCNL denounces this latest executive order as a thinly disguised refugee ban which works to dismantle refugee resettlement in the U.S. This executive order replaces the administration’s previous refugee ban that expired on October 24.

Statement 121 Representatives Sign Letter to Administration Urging More Refugee Resettlement 

In response to the Trump administration’s announcement of a historically low refugee admissions goal for 2018, more than 120 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.