AIC’s Middle East civil rights initiative, HAMSA (“Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance”) unites people of conscience to strengthen individual rights in the region. The concept that an individual has inherent rights – regardless of gender, religion, race, etc. – must take root in Middle Eastern societies if genuine democracy and long-term stability are to be achieved in the region. HAMSA’s strategic approach is to leverage the freedom of Americans to improve conditions for indigenous Middle Eastern reformers – specifically by educating the public about civil rights repression, pressuring dictators to alleviate restrictions, and providing encouragement and practical advocacy training to next-generation reformers.


Social Entrepreneurship Training

Outstanding young thinkers and emerging social entrepreneurs identified by programs like the “Dream Deferred” Essay Contest are in turn invited to unique training workshops on individual rights, nonviolent advocacy, leadership, and strategic planning. Based on experience running nearly over a dozen such workshops in the region (including several held despite harassment from local security forces), AIC has produced an 80-page manual called: “Training the Next Generation: A Leadership Curriculum for Young Middle Eastern Social Entrepreneurs.” Graduates of workshops have gone on to launch pioneering projects in their local communities as well as play important leadership roles in “Arab Spring” uprisings across the region..


AIC Commends the Court Decision on Suspension of the Travel Ban on Persons from Seven Muslim-Majority Countries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: American Islamic Congress 1718 M Street NW #243 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: +1 202 595 3160 aicongress.org (Washington, D.C., 02/10/2017) – “AIC Commends the Court Decision […]

AIC’s Executive Director Speaks at “Counter Radicalisation Programme” in Brussels, Belgium

December 4, 2015 Zainab Al-Suwaij talks about the impact of 9/11 and the “haunting” presence of Islamic extremism in both the West and the Islamic World at a briefing organized […]

AIC’s Executive Director speaks with NPR Berlin and America Abroad on Countering Violent Extremism

AIC’s Executive Director, Zainab Al-Suwaij spoke at a live town hall event in Philadelphia with Jacki Lyden and NPR’s Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley from Berlin. America Abroad Media and NPR Berlin […]

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