Elshishtawy Talks About Dangers of Law Enforcement Surveillance

SABA-DC Panel Bring Leaders Together

January 2, 2014

This past November, Hoda Elshishtawy, MPAC’s National Policy Analyst, spoke on a panel about racial profiling, surveillance and hate crimes at the South Asian Bar Association, Washington, DC, (SABA-DC) Civil and Human Rights Symposium at George Washington University (GWU). 

Other speakers on the panel included Rajdeep Singh, Sikh Coalition Director of Law and Policy; Manar Waheed, Policy Director at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT); and Amrita Singh, Legal and Legislative Affairs Associate for Sikh American Legal Defense Fund (SALDEF), who also moderated the conversation.

Elshishtawy focused on ongoing surveillance issues affecting the American Muslim community, specifically faced by Muslims in the New York City region. She stressed the dangers of law enforcement surveillance on one community as counterproductive and ineffective policing that essentially casts suspicion on an entire community without evidence. Further, widespread surveillance of a community does not bode well for building trust with a community that the NYPD is set up to protect and serve.

The symposium was well attended by GWU law students who were eager to learn more about the work advocacy organizations do on behalf of the communities they serve.



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