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Arab, Muslim and Asian Groups to File Lawsuit to Assist U.S. Citizens Stuck in Yemen

yemen-article(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/8/2015) – On Thursday, April 9, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (ALC) will hold a noon news conference outside the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to announce the filing of a lawsuit to facilitate action to evacuate American citizens trapped in Yemen.

SEE: StuckInYemen.Com – U.S. Citizens Can't Get Out
Video: San Francisco Man Escapes War-Torn Yemen on a Fishing Boat

Plaintiffs are asking the court to order the Department of State and Department of Defense to evacuate U.S. citizens by all means available and to request a cease-fire during the evacuation.

Despite the clear danger to Americans in Yemen — and the death of at least one American — the Obama administration has not yet taken any substantive steps to help citizens or permanent residents reach safety.

WHAT: Press Conference to Announce the Filing of a Lawsuit to facilitate U.S. Action to Evacuate American Citizens Trapped in Yemen
WHEN: Thursday, April 9, Noon
WHERE: US District Court, 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20001 (In front of the courthouse on the plaza facing Constitution Avenue)

CONTACT: ADC Legal & Policy Director Abed Ayoub, aayoub@adc.org, 202-244-2990; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; Nasrina Bargzie, Senior Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus, nasrinab@advancingjustice-alc.org, 415-848-7733

Last week, ADC, CAIR and ALC launched a website — StuckInYemen.com — to assist in identifying Americans who are in danger and are in need of their government’s assistance in getting to safety. To date, more than 400 people have either signed up or been identified by families members as needing assistance.

Founded in 1980, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is the largest Arab American grassroots organization committed to protecting civil rights, promoting mutual understanding, and preserving the Arab American cultural heritage. ADC supports the human and civil rights of all people and opposes racism and bigotry in any form.

The Asian Law Caucus was founded in 1972 as the nation's first legal and civil rights Asian American organization. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, ALC is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Asian Law Caucus is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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