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Haris Tarin
Haris Tarin is currently the Director of the Washington DC office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). He was raised and educated in Southern California where he received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies/Education at the California State University of Northridge. Haris is currently pursuing his graduate work at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.
Haris has been active in the Muslim American community for over 13 years. In his capacity as the DC Director of MPAC he engages various agencies within government including the White House, Department of Justice, State Department, Department of Homeland Security and offices on Capitol Hill.

He has spoken at various conferences, media outlets and symposiums on topics such as Islam and the role of the Muslim American community in the public sphere, Muslim American Identity, US-Muslim World Relations, Role of the Muslim American Community in Policy Formation, Religion and Public Life, and Civic Engagement.

He is also co-founder of the Ehsan Center, a multi-generational dynamic Muslim American community established in Southern California to develop an indigenous Muslim American identity and experience. Haris was a first responder to the disaster zone in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with Islamic Relief.

He currently resides in Washington DC with his wife, Ghada Khan, and two children Hanan and Rayyan.

Entries by Haris Tarin

NYPD Goes Rogue Yet Again

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:21 PM

In December of 2011 President Obama released a set of guidelines entitled National Strategy for Empowering Local Partners. The document sought to do exactly what the title suggested, empower local communities to partner with law enforcement agencies to counter violent extremism. The President hit the nail on the...

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An American Muslim Man's Case for VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

(8) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 10:27 AM

In a meeting last week with a few Washington, D.C. leaders, I was asked what one issue I was most passionate about right now. Without hesitation I said, to the surprise of many, the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). I knew why people in the room were...

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The Struggle for the Soul of the Republican Party: Michele Bachmann, the Extreme Right and the Politics of Fear

(100) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Why the party of Abraham Lincoln has chosen to allow bigots and fear to control its discourse on some of the most pressing issues facing our nation puzzles me. Growing up, I associated the Republican Party with two names -- Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

As an Afghan American, my parents...

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The Biggest Challenge for Islamic Political Parties? Pluralism

(7) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:36 PM

Attending the 2012 U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar this week during the peak of the Egyptian presidential elections is the dream of pundits, commentators, and intellectuals alike seeking to analyze the next steps of seculars, Islamic groups, and all other political forces that have arrived on the scene after...

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Let's Finally Bury Bin Laden and Al Qaeda Through Our Engagement

(4) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 3:54 PM

In the year since Osama bin Laden's death, senior government officials and national security experts have gone out of their way to assure the public that Al Qaeda's capacity to attack the U.S. has been vastly diminished. They've also painted bin Laden as a delusional leader who was been on...

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NYPD Spying On College Students Is Counterproductive

(10) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:48 AM

We come from two very different backgrounds. One was born Muslim, the child of immigrant parents, who fled war in Afghanistan to find a better life in America. The other is the son of a Jewish father and Catholic mother of Salvadorian heritage, who grew up in New Jersey and...

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