U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez, Discusses Issues Important to South Asian American Community through Meeting with NASABA
WASHINGTON, DC – The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), an organization representing the legal talents of thousands of South Asians in Canada and the United States, met with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez in Washington D.C. on Monday, January 30, 2006.
The meeting, which was organized to discuss issues facing Muslims, South Asians, and Arabs, marks NASABA’s growing national role in the United States. NASABA had a productive dialogue with the Attorney General on issues that not only affect the community but also on issues that have a Constitutional scope. For example, NASABA requested that the Attorney General ask the Office of the Solicitor General take notice of a case from Louisiana that affects the rights of non-immigrant aliens such as H1B visa holders. The hope is that the Department of Justice will, along with NASABA, positively influence and help guarantee rights of all immigrants as defined by the U.S. Constitution.
“This meeting is a continuation of NASABA’s efforts to work with local, state, and federal authorities on issues affecting the South Asian communities,” said Alamdar S. Hamdani, VP-Public Relations for NASABA.
NASABA was part of a select group of organizations to invited to attend this special meeting and it also attends regular meetings with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and has used those meetings to foster relationships with groups, government and public interest that regularly interact with the South Asian community. NASABA has also used its legal resources to help articulate policies and laws that better the lives of all Americans.
In the past year, NASABA has achieved a number of legal and political successes, including obtaining Temporary Protected Status for tsunami and earthquake-affected nationals from South Asia. The organization also generated national attention in December 2005 for its letter to Congress denouncing the Graham-Levin Amendment, which limits the right of habeas corpus review for detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison camp.
The North American South Asian Bar Association advocates for the South Asian community and promotes alliances between South-Asian legal professionals in the United States and Canada. In addition, the organization supports those who value diversity in the legal profession and helps law students, and those interested in the law, develop contacts with practitioners. NASABA provides information to members on careers and the legal market and provides an avenue for professionals and community leaders to take an interest in matters of concern to the South-Asian community. (www.na-saba.org)
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