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Civil Rights Advocacy: Experiences from the Obama Administration translated to the Trump Administration

October 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We are honored to have Mr. Mazen Basrawi attend Harvard Law School to speak on his experiences advocating for Civil Rights. Mr. Mazen Basrawi is currently a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Civil Rights Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, where he enforces the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Mazen has successfully handled matters under RLUIPA, ECOA and the FHA concerning discrimination on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, and disability. One of Mazen’s recent notable achievements was in U.S. v. Rutherford County, Tennessee – a case that guaranteed the right of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, TN to open a new mosque on land it had purchased. 

In 2009, President Obama appointed Mazen to serve as Counsel to then Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. There, he crafted and implemented policy in the areas of post-9-11 backlash against Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities. He also worked on disability rights and Native American civil rights. 

Co-Sponsored by the Middle Eastern Law Students Association and the Disability Law Students Association.

Non-pizza lunch will be provided.


October 24, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Pound Hall 101 Ballantine Classroom


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Rehab Abdelwahab
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