Landmark Settlement in CLEAR Case Challenging Discriminatory Surveillance of Muslims

CUNY Law professor Ramzi Kassem and several students in the law school’s CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project celebrated a major victory in a recent landmark settlement of two ongoing lawsuits regarding surveillance targeting Muslims.

“We hope that it will benefit not just our clients and the communities that CUNY and CLEAR serve, but all New Yorkers who wish to engage in political and religious activism free of unchecked police surveillance, Professor Kassem said of the settlement decision. Read the news coverage below of the settlement, Kassem’s remarks, and background on CLEAR's work with these communities.”

Public News Service
Muslims Hopeful but Cautious about NYPD Surveillance Agreement

Prof. Kassem speaks with WBAI Radio and SiriusXM News about the settlement and the surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD.

NYPD Settles 2 Lawsuits Over Surveillance Of Muslims

Wire Service

NYC settles lawsuits over Muslim surveillance by police

ABC News
NYPD: Intelligence-Gathering Not Limited by Legal Deal

The New Yorker
New York City Settlement on Surveillance of Muslims

The Guardian
NYPD settles lawsuits over surveillance of Muslims and agrees to reforms

Landmark Settlement Protects American Muslims From Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

Lawsuit Over NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Settled

The New York Times
New York to Appoint Civilian to Monitor Police’s Counterterrorism Activity

Washington Post
NYPD Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Monitoring

The New Yorker
A New York City Settlement on Surveillance of Muslims

The Guardian
The NYPD Spied on Muslim Americans. Will a Court Settlement Change Anything?
By Ramzi Kassem & Hina Shamsi

The New York Times
Muslims in Queens Welcome Shift in Scrutiny to Police


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Frequently Asked Questions for CUNY Students & Other New Yorkers Impacted by the Termination of DACA

September 27, 2017 – New York –
This document is a FAQ resource for CUNY students & other New Yorkers impacted by the termination of DACA. Though we still work towards permanent status for those who have been impacted by this and other destabilizing immigration policies, we have received many questions from CUNY community members who are concerned about losing status and how to potentially navigate life without documents. With this resource we hope to address initial questions that CUNY community members may have about immigration status, work authorization, professional licensing, parental planning, law enforcement interactions, healthcare and more.

If you would like to see this document translated in other languages, please let us know. We will be posting it in Spanish on our website in the coming week. This document is the product of a collaboration between the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, Health Law Practice Clinic and The Planning with Parents Project at the CUNY School of Law. Do reach out to us if you have any further questions on this and/or related matters.