Legislative Director for Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Yasmine is a human rights lawyer and progressive strategist. She currently serves as Legislative and Political Director for MPower Change Action Fund, the largest Muslim digital advocacy organization in the U.S. Yasmine fled Iran during the Iran-Iraq war and grew up undocumented before becoming a citizen, lawyer, and activist. In 2016, she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Democratic National Committee. Her passion for justice is reflected in her 15+ years of legislative experience, during which she worked on Capitol Hill; served as Senior Policy Counsel at Demand Progress advocating to end militarism at home and abroad; as Senior Policy Counsel at the Center for Victims of Torture; has directed the Human Rights & Civil Liberties Program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbying for increased resettlement of refugees, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and repeal of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs; and as project manager at the Center for American Progress (CAP) where she co-authored “Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America,” among other roles.
Yasmine's writings and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Hill, and HuffPost. Yasmine has been recognized three years in a row (2021-2023) as one of the Most Influential People in Washington, DC by Washingtonian Magazine. 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.