Yasmine Taeb came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant, became a citizen, a lawyer, and a Democratic activist. She has more than 10 years of legislative and policy experience and is running to represent Virginia’s 35th Senate District.
Having immigrated to the United States from Iran while in the second grade, Yasmine has learned to not take for granted the freedoms and opportunities that our country provides. Her background as an immigrant has long shaped her perspective on the significance of civic engagement and the power of voters to lead change for the betterment of their community. Yasmine’s passion for getting involved led her to run for and become the first Muslim woman and Iranian-American to be elected to the Democratic National Committee.
Today, Yasmine is an experienced human rights attorney and serves as Senior Policy Counsel at the Center for Victims of Torture, where she leads the organization’s advocacy and research on refugees and asylum seekers. She fights on the front lines every day against efforts from the White House and Congress to impose cruel, unnecessary rules against refugees and asylum seekers, including President Trump’s infamous “Muslim Ban” and his family separation policies at the border.
Yasmine believes the Democratic Party is at its strongest when it is defending diversity and welcoming new voices into the halls of power. She has worked with diverse constituencies across Virginia to get Democrats elected, and she is committed to progressive principles and causes. She has championed women’s economic and reproductive rights, immigrant rights, improving education, and a host of other issues Democrats fight for every day. She actively works to engage communities of color in the political process and has served as Co-Vice Chair of the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia.
Before working for the Center for Victims of Torture, Yasmine served as Legislative Director for Human Rights & Civil Liberties at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).She worked as a project manager at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and co-authored CAP’s Islamophobia report, “Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America.” Yasmine has substantial legislative and advocacy experience and has served as a Legislative Fellow for Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member on House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
Yasmine has a track record of legislative success having worked on proposals that matter to ordinary citizens. She helped develop a bipartisan human trafficking bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, that was adopted in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). She also works closely with conservative offices on war authority issues, including advocating for the repeal of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
Yasmine’s writings and commentaries have appeared in The Hill, Newsweek, New York Times, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, and ThinkProgress. She holds a J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and is barred in Pennsylvania, has a Graduate Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.
ADVISORY BOARDS, AWARDS & POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS
• 2017 Recipient of the We are EMILY Award from EMILY’s List
• 2017 University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni
• 2016 Penn State Law Diversity Award for Leadership in the Legal Profession
• 2016 Young Women of Achievement Honoree in Service/Nonprofit Advocacy
• Co-Vice Chair, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV), 2015 – 2017
• Democratic Party of Virginia State Steering Committee Member
• Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee Member
• Virginia 8th Congressional District Democratic Committee Member
• Gubernatorial Appointee, Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT), 2014 – Present
• Member of the Board of Directors, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, 2014 – 2016
• Center for American Progress (CAP) Leadership Institute Fellow, 2013 – 2014
• Commissioner, Arlington County Human Rights Commission (HRC), 2013 – 2016
• Commissioner, Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 2011 – 2013