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Ehsan Zaffar
Ehsan Zaffar is an expert on civil and human rights and works to build strong and resilient communities. Prior to government service Ehsan worked with communities in post-conflict and post-disaster environments both domestically in the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as well as internationally in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. He also helped to found a small, self-sustaining mobile legal clinic in Los Angeles to deliver legal care and assistance to remote, at-risk or economically depressed communities.

Ehsan teaches courses on civil rights, privacy and national security and is a panel member and mediator at the Agency for Dispute Resolution where he mediates intra and inter-community disputes.

Entries by Ehsan Zaffar

Still Reeling: 10 Years After Katrina and My Journey to Biloxi

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Biloxi as I saw it a few days after the Katrina.

I watched the world shake and tumble on TV.

Exactly 10 years ago today, as the people of New Orleans and Biloxi sought safety from Hurricane Katrina, I sat...

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My Students Don't Need More Debt

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 4:08 PM

Sixty-Eight percent of public colleges provide scholarships to students who don't need financial aid. That money can instead be going to those students who could actually use these funds to make their way through college without crippling debt. It's not like...
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The Cost of Moving to the 'Burbs'

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 8:10 PM

One of the lasting inequities of gentrification is the increasing unaffordability of urban centers.

The suburban enclaves that now ring many major American cities are creatures borne of the excess wealth and development of the post-WWII era. Suburban residents from...

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Every Child Deserves to Play: Camp Zeitouna Helps the Youngest Syrian Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:16 PM

This month three Syrian-Americans will launch a new project to help the most powerless victims of the Syrian conflict: young children. Known as Camp Zeitouna, the arts and sports training program for young adults will be held at the Atmeh Refugee Camp - one of the...

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The Revolution Isn't Over for the Women of Tahrir Square

(5) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 1:31 PM

2011 did not witness the first Egyptian revolution. After all, Egypt's Tahrir ("Liberation") Square earned its name from some other struggle. For Egypt, this liberation came in the 1920s when men, women, Muslims, Christians, the young and the old from across the land rallied to drive the British out of...

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We Could Use Some Egyptian Courage Ourselves

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 1:05 PM

I've been glued to Al-Jazeera for the past eight days monitoring the protests in Egypt. I turn it on in the morning before breakfast and check the live feed at night before I hit the sack. What started as a personal demonstration of one man's quest to achieve...

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Amid a Turbulent Year, a Rare Sign of Hope in Pakistan

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 1:30 PM

The summer of 2008 brought the usual blistering heat to Pakistan. President Pervez Musharraf, an army general who had become president through a coup d'etat eight years earlier, led by edict in a country little used to democracy and often subject to the heavy yet firm hand of military rule....

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In Tough Economic Times, Consider Serving Others By Going on a 'Donation-Vacation'

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:29 PM

In 1960, a billion people made up the industrialized world while double the number, two billion, comprised the developing world. The economic gap between these two "worlds" was quite large. For instance, people in the industrialized world were educated, healthy and well-off and as Professor Hans Rosling notes,...

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SHINE Makes It Easy To Donate Stress-Free To Pakistani Flood Victims, Earthquake Victims In Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 6:44 PM

Big, burly, ferociously committed and said to resemble an "American football coach more than a health worker," Todd Shea is a surprising contradiction of a man who still seems to belong in rural northwest Pakistan.

Beloved by the locals since his arrival in 2005, Todd's good-natured persistence underlies...

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