Washington, DC (Nov. 4, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) today announces the appointment of Jumana Musa as Senior Privacy and National Security Counsel. Ms. Musa will assume responsibility for NACDL's important work both to protect Fourth Amendment rights and to limit government overreach under the rubric of national security. Ms. Musa has devoted the past eleven years to work on issues related to human rights, national security, policing, and racial profiling.
Most recently, Ms. Musa has been engaged as a Policy Analyst for the Southern Border Communities Coalition seeking to address transparency, oversight and accountability for Customs and Border Protection. In addition, she served as Policy Director and later Deputy Director at the Rights Working Group (RWG), addressing issues related to racial profiling, immigration and enforcement, surveillance, privacy, and technology. Prior to that, she served as an Advocacy Director for Domestic Human Rights and International Justice for Amnesty International, where she observed and commented on the military commissions as well as on federal terrorism trials.
Jumana Musa earned her B.A. in International Relations at Brown University and her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center. She is set to start at NACDL on November 24, 2014.
NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer said: "NACDL is staunchly committed to the protection of privacy rights and limitations on government surveillance, profiling, and disparate enforcement of laws under the rubric of national security. Jumana Musa is the perfect candidate to assume this vital portfolio. She brings a wide range of experience, a keen appreciation for the fundamental constitutional principles enshrined in the Fourth Amendment, and a record of achievement in human rights advocacy. NACDL and its members are truly fortunate to have Jumana join the team in support of Liberty's Last Champions."
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