Sirine Shebaya is the interim legal director for Muslim Advocates. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates, she spent several years advocating for the civil rights of immigrants and other communities of color. Her work focuses on the Muslim Ban, border searches, immigrants’ rights, and various civil rights matters affecting Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities.
In her previous role as program director of the Virginia Justice Program at the Capital Area Immigrant’s Rights Coalition, Shebaya supervised and litigated criminal-immigration cases before the immigration court and federal courts and advised criminal defense attorneys on various immigration-related matters. Before that, Sirine initiated and directed the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland’s Immigrants’ Rights Program, where she developed a full portfolio of immigrants’ rights litigation, advocacy, and public education on immigration detention, enforcement, and criminal-immigration matters, and played a leading role in a campaign that resulted in a wave of county policies prohibiting the detention of immigrants for ICE at local jails.
Shebaya currently sits on the board, and previously served as the chair, of the Dulles Justice Coalition, an organization of lawyers, organizers, translators and community volunteers created to assist travelers to Dulles Airport affected by the Muslim Ban. She is also a board member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers’ Guild.
She has published several reports on immigrants’ rights, and has written op-eds, blogs, and scholarly articles on a range of civil rights, immigrants’ rights, and human rights subjects. She has argued cases in federal and state courts, and has conducted trainings for lawyers on civil rights issues as well as community Know Your Rights presentations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Shebaya is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia, the states of Maryland and New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
She received a B.A. in English Literature with High Distinction from the American University of Beirut, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. At Yale Law, she participated in several clinics including the Civil Rights & National Security Clinic, the Worker & Immigrants’ Rights Advocacy Clinic, the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.