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SABA-DC and CAMBA present: The Rise of Islamophobia - A Panel Discussing the Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Climate in America

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Mayer Brown LLP, 1999 K Street NW

RSVP: (Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on March 8)


America has always been a country of extraordinary racial and political tension. Terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and violence in the Middle East have caused a recent surge in Islamophobia resulting in both American Muslims and South Asians in general being victims of threats, assaults, and attacks on their houses of worship. 

Come join SABA-DC and the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association (CAMBA) as we host a panel to address the current anti-Muslim sentiment and the future legal and policy implications of such a climate. 

The speakers on our panel include:

Abed Ayoub, Legal and Policy Director, ADC. Mr. Ayoub is the Legal and Policy for the America-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). ADC is a D.C. based civil rights organization which combats discrimination in the Arab community. Mr. Ayoub assists with both ADC’s legal challenges and its legislative efforts. He is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Lakshmi Sridaran, Director of National Policy and Advocacy, SAALT. Ms. Sridaran is the National Policy and Advocacy Director at South Asians Leading Together (SAALT). She develops SAALT’s policy and legislative agenda, which primarily focuses on work in the areas of immigration, racial profiling, and combating hate violence on a national level. Ms. Sridaran is a graduated of the University of California, Berkeley and also holds a Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eric Treene, Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination, DOJ. Mr. Treene is the Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. His practice focuses on a wide variety of religious discrimination cases. He also manages the Justice Department’s efforts to protect Muslims, Sikhs, Arab-Americans and Asian-Americans from discrimination and bias crimes resulting from 9/11 and the war on terror. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. 

When: March 10, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM Reception; Panel will begin promptly at 7:00 PM

Where: Mayer Brown; 1999 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

RSVP: (Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on March 8)

While attendance to this event is open to all interested persons, it is closed to the media. 

SABA-DC would like to thank Mayer Brown for its generosity in hosting this event. 


Our goal is to address the needs and concerns of the South Asian American legal community in Washington, D.C. while providing our members with the knowledge and support necessary to reach their personal and professional goals.

You can find us here:

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

P.O. Box 65349
Washington, D.C. 20035

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