Free Legal Representation and Services
CLEAR provides free legal representation and a broad range of other services in support of partner communities and movements. This includes representing and advising community and movement members on a vast set of issues that arise in connection to government policies and practices deployed under the guise of “national security” and “counterterrorism.”
Representation and advice includes supporting clients in a multitude of contexts, including:
- clients approached for questioning by the FBI, NYPD, DHS, and other law enforcement agencies
- clients experiencing travel difficulties and delays because of U.S. government searches, scrutiny, and watch-listing
- clients whose U.S. passports have been revoked, denied, or delayed; who are facing long delays in their applications for U.S. citizenship or other immigration benefits
- advise community members on safe and lawful charitable giving options
When CLEAR is not able to support those seeking representation or services, they work to connect them with other supports.
Read more about their client services on their website.
Know Your Rights Workshops
CLEAR teams facilitate know-your-rights (KYR) workshops at mosques, schools, Muslim student associations, and other community centers, all tailored to community needs. Topics include: interactions with law enforcement; searches and scrutiny at airports and borders; dealing with possible informants and infiltration by law enforcement; and charitable giving.
Areas of expertise include the following:
- What to Do in Interactions with Law Enforcement
- Flying While Muslim
- Charitable Giving to International Programs
- What You Should Know About Informants
Download the guides in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bangla, and Urdu here.
Resources and Reports
Mapping Muslims, co-authored by CLEAR, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC)
The report findings highlight the impact of NYPD surveillance on religious life and expression and documents how NYPD surveillance has chilled American Muslims’ freedom of speech and then examines the communcal consequences of surveillance, how it has affected Muslim life in academic settings and campuses, and ultimately makes recomendations for meaningful oversight, transparency, and accountability when it comes to the NYPD.
Stranded Abroad: Americans Stripped of Their Passports in Yemen, co-authored by CLEAR and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
A report to the Office of the Inspector General requesting investigation of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a for confiscating and revoking U.S. passports contrary to regulations, policies, and guidelines.
My Family Was in Shock: The Harm Caused by President Trump’s Executive Orders on Travel to the US, co-authored by CLEAR and Amnesty International
A report on the domestic ligication, international human rights law, and case studies that illustrate the harm caused by the Trump Administration’s executive orders on travel to the United States.