Yasmine Taeb came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant, became a citizen, a lawyer, and a Democratic activist. She's running for DNC Vice Chair of Civic Engagement & Voter Participation to mobilize millennials, immigrants, and all Americans to energize our Party at every level.
Having immigrated to the United States from Iran while in the second grade, Yasmine has learned to not take for granted the freedoms and opportunities that our country embodies. Her immigrant background has long shaped her perspective on the significance of civic engagement, and the power of voters to lead change for the betterment of their community.
Yasmine is an experienced human rights and civil liberties advocate and currently works at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a Quaker lobby in the public interest. Yasmine directs FCNL's work on a number of civil liberties and human rights issues, including lobbying for increased resettlement of Syrian refugees; calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center; lobbying for increased transparency and oversight of the U.S. lethal drone program, among other issues.
Previously, Yasmine served as project manager at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and co-authored CAP's Islamophobia report, "Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network's Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America." Yasmine has substantial legislative and advocacy experience and has served as a Legislative Fellow for Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member on House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
As an attorney and a longtime active resident of the Arlington community, Yasmine is passionate about finding progressive solutions to the issues that matter to our communities. As a Commissioner on the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women, Yasmine worked to advance initiatives and policies that empower women, and while serving on the Human Rights Commission, Yasmine works to eliminate unlawful discrimination in Arlington County.
Yasmine believes in the importance of facilitating discussion and dialogue, whether between citizens and their elected representatives or between political parties. She has worked with constituencies across Virginia to get Democrats elected, and is committed to progressive principles and causes. She has championed women’s issues, immigrant rights and a host of other issues Democrats fight for every day. She actively works to engage communities of color in the political process and currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, a caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Yasmine has a track record of reaching across the aisle and working with Republicans on legislative proposals that matter to ordinary citizens. She helped develop a bi-partisan human trafficking bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, that was adopted in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). She also works closely with conservative offices on war authority issues, including lobbying for the repeal of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
Having worked to elect progressive leaders in Washington D.C. and around Virginia, Yasmine knows how important it is to protect and promote Democratic values across the country. Yasmine is the first Muslim woman and Iranian-American to be elected to the Democratic National Committee.
Yasmine's writings and commentaries have appeared in The Hill, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, and ThinkProgress. She holds a J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, a Graduate Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.
ADVISORY BOARDS, AWARDS & POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS
• 2016 Penn State Law Diversity Award for Leadership in the Legal Profession
• 2016 Young Women of Achievement Honoree in Service/Nonprofit Advocacy
• Co-Vice Chair, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV), 2015 – 2017
• Democratic Party of Virginia State Steering Committee Member
• Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee Member
• Virginia 8th Congressional District Democratic Committee Member
• Gubernatorial Appointee, Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT), 2014 - Present
• Member of the Board of Directors, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, 2014 – 2016
• Center for American Progress (CAP) Leadership Institute Fellow, 2013 – 2014
• Commissioner, Arlington County Human Rights Commission (HRC), 2013 – 2016
• Commissioner, Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 2011 – 2013