ADC Convention Session: The Criminalization of Race & Color
Saturdary, September 23rd, 2017 – 12:45AM – 12:00PM at the ADC National Convention in Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | September 14, 2017 – ADC is proud to invite you to join us at an important and timely session on the criminalization of race and color. This panel will provide a necessary platform for our community to discuss the criminalization of race, and how the intersectionality of color and class in the Arab American community impacts our daily lives.
South Asian American Activist, Writer and Lawyer
Iyer’s areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants, national security and immigration policies, and racial equity and solidarity practices. Currently, Iyer is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion, a member of the 2017 Soros Equality Fellows cohort, and a contributing writer for Colorlines. Her first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award. Iyer served for a decade as the Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) where she helped to shape SAALT’s work on civil and immigrant rights issues, network building, and solidarity.
Executive Director, Alliance of Families for Justice
Soffiyah Elijah is the Executive Director of Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ). Established in 2016 in NY, its mission is to support families of incarcerated people and people with criminal records, empower them as advocates and mobilize them to marshal their voting power to achieve systemic change. Prior to founding AFJ, Ms. Elijah was the Executive Director of the Correctional Association of NY (CANY) where she was the first woman and the first person of color to lead the 170 year old organization. Ms. Elijah has dedicated her life to human rights and social justice, and is a frequent presenter at national and international forums on criminal justice policy and human rights issues.
Professor Khaled Beydoun
Associate Professor of Law, Univ. of Detroit Mercy – School of Law
Awardee: Advocate of the Year
Khaled A. Beydoun is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. A Critical Race Theorist, Professor Beydoun’s research examines the legal construction of Arab and Muslim American identity, the foundational and modern development of Islamophobia, and the intersection of national security policy, civil liberties and citizenship. A leading scholar on legal matters germane to civil rights and Muslim America, Professor Beydoun’s scholarship has been featured in top law journals. His book, Islamophobia: An American Story (Univ. of California Press), will be released in early 2018.
Professor Arjun Singh Sethi
Writer, Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law Georgetown Univ. Law Center & Vanderbilt Univ. Law School
Arjun Singh Sethi is a writer and attorney based in Washington, D.C., and an expert in policing, counterterrorism, and racial and religious profiling. He teaches at both Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School. He is particularly active on domestic and international surveillance issues and pre-arrest police civilian encounters, including consensual stops, predictive policing, location tracking, biometric data collection and countering violent extremist programs. His work has appeared in numerous national outlets, and he has been widely quoted in print, radio and television. He was previously national legislative counsel for human rights and national security related affairs at the American Civil Liberties Union.