CLEAR provides free legal services, know your rights workshops, and support for community organizing.
CLEAR is staffed by law students in their final year of legal studies, under the supervision of attorneys and law faculty members. CLEAR’s community-oriented approach combines direct legal representation with other services aiming to address the fuller range of community concerns.
CLEAR provides three primary services:
1. Legal representation & consultation
CLEAR teams represent and advise community members on a broad range of issues that arise in connection to national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.
Questioning—we have represented community members and leaders as they respond to requests for FBI and NYPD questioning (often referred to as “voluntary interviews”);
Subpoenas—we have represented individuals who were served with grand jury and trial subpoenas, and during searches by law enforcement;
Charity—we have provided legal advice related to charitable giving options;
Travel—we have offered counsel and legal representation to clients who have experienced travel difficulties and delays because of U.S. government searches and scrutiny in the course of international and domestic travel.
CLEAR members also offer advice and information around the potential criminal and immigration consequences that may result from national security and counterterrorism policies and practices. If we cannot represent you, we will try to refer you to other counsel. Here is a copy of our retainer agreement. [DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION]
2. Know-Your-Rights workshops
CLEAR teams have facilitated dozens of know-your-rights (KYR) workshops at mosques, Muslim student associations, and other community centers. Typically, our workshops center on your rights with regard to: interacting with law enforcement; dealing with informants and infiltration; charitable giving; and during domestic and international travel. All of our workshops are tailored to the needs articulated by the communities CLEAR serves. We are happy to develop new workshops to suit any needs beyond those listed above. Call us if you would like to set up a workshop at your organization. We facilitate these free of charge.
3. Community organizing support
CLEAR teams support local community organizing campaigns responding to national security and counterterrorism policies and practices. Since our foundation, we have worked closely with a number of community organizations and coalitions, including the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and the Majlis ash-Shura in New York City. Most recently, CLEAR has been involved in organizing community responses to confirmations of an extensive NYPD surveillance program of local Muslim communities. We have also assisted local organizations with documentation campaigns to record the volume, nature, and impacts of Muslim community encounters with law enforcement.
If you are in need of any of our services, please contact us. Our services are free of charge.