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Who Gets to Be an American: Race, Fear, and Surveillance in Domestic Policy

Law enforcement agencies often treat communities of color as inherently suspicious, casting doubt on their American identity and limiting participation in our democracy.

Past: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 1:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Sahar Aziz
  • ,
  • Vicki B. Gaubeca
  • ,
  • Ann Chih Lin
  • Faiza Patel
Who Gets to Be an American: Race, Fear, and Surveillance in Domestic Policy

Being an Amer­ican does­n’t always mean being treated like one when it comes to the rights and liber­ties that every citizen is supposed to have, and this is espe­cially the case when it comes to people of color.

Since 9/11, Muslim communit­ies have been unjustly viewed as inher­ently suspi­cious and subjec­ted to elev­ated surveil­lance. Chinese-Amer­ican scient­ists are targeted for invest­ig­a­tions and prosec­u­tions as the govern­ment becomes more concerned with Chinese influ­ence and espi­on­age. And at the border, milit­ar­iz­a­tion and advan­cing surveil­lance tech­no­logy has forced migrants to make ever riskier cross­ings.

These surveil­lance programs and policies contra­dict the Amer­ican prom­ise of equal­ity, and they isol­ate communit­ies while making their members more vulner­able to discrim­in­a­tion. Join us for a live conver­sa­tion on June 8 at 1 p.m. ET featur­ing panel­ists Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the South­ern Border Communit­ies Coali­tion; Sahar Aziz, exec­ut­ive director of the Center for Secur­ity, Race and Rights at Rutgers Law School; and Ann Chih Lin, director of the Univer­sity of Michigan’s Lieber­thal-Rogel Center for Chinese Stud­ies and moder­ated by Faiza Patel, director of the Bren­nan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Secur­ity Program.

This event will dive into the impact on communit­ies of color and present an oppor­tun­ity to learn about efforts to organ­ize and fight back so that every­one is gran­ted the oppor­tun­ity to feel at home on Amer­ican soil.


  • Sahar Aziz: Exec­ut­ive Director of the Center for Secur­ity, Race and Rights, Rutgers Law School
  • Vicki B. Gaubeca: Director, South­ern Border Communit­ies Coali­tion
  • Ann Chih Lin: Director, Lieber­thal-Rogel Center for Chinese Stud­ies, Univer­sity of Michigan
  • Moder­ator: Faiza Patel: Director, Liberty & National Secur­ity Program, Bren­nan Center

This event has been approved for one New York State CLE credit in the category of Diversity, Inclu­sion, and Elim­in­a­tion of Bias. While the content of the event is appro­pri­ate for both newly appoin­ted and exper­i­enced attor­neys, only exper­i­enced attor­neys are eligible to earn credit in this category. Out-of-state CLE: NYU School of Law is an accred­ited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seek­ing CLE credit for a differ­ent state, we recom­mend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascer­tain regu­la­tions on reci­pro­city. Please down­load these docu­ments before the event.

If you have ques­tions regard­ing CLE cred­its, contact Alia Shahzad at cle@bren­

The Bren­nan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law provides reas­on­able accom­mod­a­tions to people with disab­il­it­ies. Requests for accom­mod­a­tions for events and services should be submit­ted at least two weeks if possible before the date of the accom­mod­a­tion need. Please email or call 646–925–8728 for assist­ance.

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