Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
The Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) Project is housed at Main Street Legal Services, the clinical arm of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. CLEAR provides a unique combination of direct legal services, community organizing support, rights-awareness programming, legal expertise, and capacity building aimed at serving American Muslim communities.
CLEAR provides free direct legal services to community members on a broad range of issues that arise in connection to harmful national security policies and practices. Based in New York City, CLEAR has provided direct legal representation or counsel for clients facing an array of issues, including being approached for questioning by the FBI or other law enforcement, travel difficulties due to unfair placement on watchlists, and experiencing long delays in their applications for immigration benefits. In 2020, CLEAR’s Founder and Director Ramzi Kassem argued before the United States Supreme Court that a group of Muslim men should be able to hold the U.S. government accountable for religious discrimination. This case, originally filed in 2013, is part of CLEAR’s broader efforts to ensure that religious liberty in this country is upheld and to challenge the government when it perpetuates discriminatory policing, surveillance, and profiling. In 2021, CLEAR will also continue its work to facilitate rights awareness workshops at different community sites, support community organizing efforts at local and federal levels to address these issues, help build capacity to expand the pool of legal professionals equipped to handle these cases, and advance strategic litigation to address injustices where other advocacy efforts fail.
Year founded: 2009
Location: Long Island City, NY