Date/Time: 14/09/2005 12:00 am
We Are All Suspects Now
SEPTEMBER 14, WEDNESDAY
Join us for an exciting panel discussion on the impact of post-9/11
policy shifts on immigrant communities. We Are All Suspects Now, a
groundbreaking new book by Tram Nguyen, tells the stories of those who
were detained and deported, who abandoned entire neighborhoods in
their flight from the United States, and whose family lives were
unjustly disrupted in the crackdown on immigrants after 9/11. From a
community of Somali refugees in Minnesota to self-styled vigilantes
who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border, We Are All Suspects Now examines
the domestic impact of misguided policies associated with the “war on
terror” in compelling narrative form.
Panelists include: Tram Nguyen, the book’s author and editor of
ColorLines magazine; Aziz Huq, Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU
School of Law; Ninaj Raoul, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees; and
Aarti Shahani, Families for Freedom. The panel wil be moderated by
Andrew Hsiao, editor at The New Press and host on WBAI radio.
We Are All Suspects Now books will be on sale.
Tram Nguyen, Executive Editor of ColorLines magazine, is an
award-winning writer and editor with a particular interest in race,
immigration and organizing. Nguyen is based in Oakland, CA.
Ninaj Raoul is the Executive Director of Haitian Women for Haitian
Refugees, a Brooklyn-based organization that Raoul co-founded in
response to her experiences working as a translator for Haitian
refugees who were detained by the U.S. on the Guantanamo Bay naval
base in the early-1990s.
Aarti Shahani is an organizer with Families For Freedom, a grassroots
network that organizes family members of individuals facing
deportation. Families For Freedom has worked extensively with
Carribean, Latino, and South Asian communities, which have been
particularly impacted by post-9/11 policy shifts.
Aziz Huq is an attorney in the Liberty and National Security program
at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. His
expertise is in the legal ramifications of post-9/11 policy shifts.
Huq previously worked with the International Crisis Groups in
Afganistan, focusing on the constitutional drafting process.
Andrew Hsiao is a senior editor with the non-profu publishing house
The New Press. He was a longtime editor and staff writer for the
Village Voice and hosts a weekly radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM.
The program is sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU
School of Law, NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies, and the Asian
Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA).
To RSVP or for more information, contact Kafayat Alli-Balogun at
212.998.6735 or email@example.com.
We Are All Suspects Now
Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11
by Tram Nguyen
Foreword by Edwidge Danticat
An intimate look at the devastation of immigrant communities in the
political aftermath of 9/11
Known as Little Pakistan, the community of Midwood, Brooklyn, has
suffered a remarkable exodus in the years since 9/11. One sixth of the
community—20,000 people—has left in search of liberty. In an ironic
reversal of the American dream, this immigrant community now lives in
fear, witnessing the unjust detainment or deportation of family
members, friends, and neighbors.
Tram Nguyen reveals the human cost of the domestic war on terror and
examines the impact of post-9/11 policies on people targeted because
of immigration status, nationality, and religion. Nguyen’s evocative
narrative reporting—about the families, detainees, local leaders,
community advocates, and others—is from those living and suffering on
the front lines. We meet Mohammad Butt, who died in detention in New
Jersey, and the Saleems, who flee Queens for Canada. We even follow a
self-proclaimed “citizen patroller” who monitors and detains
immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.
We Are All Suspects Now, in the words of Mike Davis, “takes us inside
a dark world . . . where the American Dream is fast turning into a
nightmare” and suggests proactive responses to stop our growing
climate of xenophobia, intimidation, and discrimination.
“In this brave and deeply moving book, Tram Nguyen chronicles
immigrant lives caught in a sinister web of suspicion, bigotry and
—Mike Davis, author of Dead Cities and Planet of Slums
Tram Nguyen is executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She lives in
7PM TO 9PM
NYU School of Law
D’Agostino Hall, Lipton Hall (lower level)
108 West 3rd Street
(between Sullivan and MacDougal S