From: The Honorable Debbie Dingell
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Date: 9/22/2016

Dear Colleague:

By now your office should have received the following invitation from the Arab American Institute to attend a briefing titled, “‘No Fly, No Buy’ and the ‘Terrorist watch list’.”
This briefing will take place on Friday, September 23rd, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM in the Cannon House Office Building, Room 122.  Further details are below.
To RSVP or for more questions, please contact Nadia Aziz at
or 202-429-9210. 


Debbie Dingell
Member of Congress



September 23, 2016

The Arab American Institute

Invites you to a congressional briefing on

“No Fly, No Buy” and the “Terrorist Watch List”

Friday, September 23, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 am

Cannon House Office Building, Room 122

As “No Fly, No Buy” surfaced as a legislative vehicle for gun control, it renewed a conversation on the “terrorist watch lists.” Join the Arab American Institute for a discussion on government watch-listing practices as we highlight due process concerns and
the use of profiling.


The Honorable Debbie Dingell (D, MI-12)

Chris Anders
Deputy Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office
American Civil Liberties Union

Adam Bates
Policy Analyst
CATO Institute

Maya Berry
Executive Director
Arab American Institute

Ramzi Kassem
Associate Professor of Law
CUNY School of Law

RSVP required. Please e-mail Nadia Aziz at

Panelist Bios

Chris Anders is deputy director at the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, where he represents the ACLU before Congress and the executive branch. Since joining the ACLU legislative team in 1997, Anders has represented the ACLU on a wide range
of civil liberties and civil rights issues. Anders now leads the ACLU’s Washington-based advocacy on torture, detention, war authority, and Guantanamo issues. Since 2006, he has led a national coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and religious groups
working on detention and Guantanamo issues. He also has served as a human rights observer at military commission proceedings held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prior to joining the ACLU’s Washington office, Anders spent 11 years with Washington law and lobbying

Adam Bates is a policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice. His research interests include constitutional law, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror,
police militarization, and overcriminalization. Bates received a BA in Political Science from the University of Miami, where he also walked onto the Miami Hurricanes football team, and both an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and a J.D. from the University of
Michigan. He is a member of the Oklahoma bar.

Maya Berry is Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, steering the Institute’s policy agenda. In 1996 she established AAI’s first Government Relations
department, which she led for 5 years before becoming Legislative Director for House Minority Whip David Bonior, where she developed policies on international relations, human rights, trade, and immigration. Berry started her career in public service working
for ACCESS, the nation’s oldest and largest Arab American human services non-profit. Berry is also the founder of MidAmr Group, a private consulting firm dedicated to enhancing US-Arab economic, political, and cultural cooperation.

Ramzi Kassem is Associate Professor of Law at the City University of New York where he directs the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic.With his students,
Professor Kassem represents prisoners of various nationalities presently or formerly held at American facilities at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, at so-called “Black Sites,” and at other detention sites worldwide. In connection with
these cases, Professor Kassem and his students have appeared as party counsel and submitted merits briefs before U.S. federal district and appellate courts, before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as before the military commissions at Guantánamo.Professor Kassem
also supervises the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project, which primarily aims to address the legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national
security and counterterrorism policies and practices.