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 teams represent and advise community members on a broad range of issues that arise in connection to national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.
Community members approached for questioning by the FBI, NYPD, DHS, and other law enforcement agencies or who receive grand jury subpoenas.
Individuals experiencing watch-listed related travel difficulties, including those on the No Fly List and those who face long delays and secondary screening while flying.
Community members who experience long delays in their applications for immigration benefits (“security” holds and/or CARRP).
If we cannot represent you, we will try to refer you to other counsel.
Know Your Rights workshops
CLEAR teams have facilitated dozens of know-your-rights (KYR) workshops at mosques, Muslim student associations, and other community centers. All of our workshops are tailored to the needs articulated by the communities CLEAR serves. We facilitate these free of charge.
How to handle interactions with law enforcement
Travel: questioning and searches at airports/border
Dealing with informants and infiltration by law enforcement
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.
Raza v. City of New York: CLEAR, in collaboration with the ACLU and NYCLU, on behalf of institutional and individual plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of the NYPD’s suspicionless surveillance program. Settlement negotiations are still underway.
Tanvir v. Comey: This cases challenges the FBI’s abuse of the No-Fly List in order to coerce individuals to become FBI informants. CLEAR noticed this pattern of abuse across several cases, and partnered with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in initiating this unprecedented litigation.
CLEAR coordinates and organizes trainings for lawyers (and others!) on the issues directly affecting the communities with which we work. CLEAR has provided Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars to public defender organizations around New York City on the issue of watchlist notations on “rap” sheets and handling “voluntary” interview requests by law enforcement.