About Hassan Shibly
Hassan Shibly is perceived as one of the top civil rights attorneys in the world. Over more than a decade in the non-profit sector, he has become a globally recognized expert. Due to his expertise and leadership, CAIR-Florida has become one of the most influential American Muslim civil rights organizations. He advocated on their behalf when a person's civil rights were violated. Due to his outspokenness, he has been mentioned in news sources worldwide.
Hassan was born and raised in Damascus, the capital of Syria. At the age of four, he entered the United States. Magna Cum Laureate awarded him with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Subsequently, he attended the University at Buffalo School of Law, graduating near the top of his class while receiving numerous scholarships.
After law school, Shibly worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Eugene H. Nickerson in the Eastern District of New York. During his time in New York City, he rose to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CAIR-Florida, the state's largest Muslim civil rights organization. He then relocated to Tampa, Florida.
Since assuming control of the organization, Hassan has led CAIR-Florida to become one of the nation's most prominent Muslim civil rights organizations. In addition, he has played a crucial role in forging alliances with individuals of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Hassan Shibly, the chief executive officer of CAIR-Florida, is also a Florida-licensed attorney. He has defended Muslim clients throughout the United States against civil rights violations, discrimination, and harassment. In addition, he provides free legal counsel to low-income individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area.
Shibly engages in public speaking, social media marketing, lobbying, and political activism for the sake of justice and civil rights. He also appears in traditional media and participates in fundraising events.
He founded Help Yateem USA, a traditional Islamic educational publishing company. A non-profit organization dedicated to orphans in Africa. Hassan has raised millions of dollars for numerous worthy causes, including civil rights advocacy in the United States and international relief efforts.
As an attorney, Mr. Shibly has represented Muslims across the nation, which has experienced discrimination, harassment, and civil rights violations. Additionally, he has provided free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area. He is now licensed to practice law in New York and Florida.
He has spoken against FBI harassment, profiling, informant recruitment, and Muslim entrapment. The rights of Muslim prisoners, particularly those held in solitary confinement, have been his major concern for many years.
He has taken on several high-profile cases to confront authority with the truth. In one such case, he represented a Palestinian man who Israeli authorities had detained for nearly a year without being charged with any crime.
To this end, he has tirelessly advocated releasing American Muslims detained on terrorism-related charges. Hassan Shibly has been in the vanguard regarding combating anti-Muslim prejudice and hate crimes. Moreover, he has contributed to improving relations between the Muslim community and law enforcement officials.
He has been a vocal critic of the government due to his opposition to Trump's Muslim ban and other anti-Muslim policies and sentiments. He has also taken legal action to contest the ban's legality in court.
Since becoming a civil rights attorney and community activist, he has been honoured with several distinctions. In 2014, the Florida Bar Association named him "Attorney of the Year." According to the Huffington Post, "50 American Leaders Who Are Making a Difference" named him one of the top 50 in 2016. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center recognized him in 2017 as one of the "Most Influential Muslims in America."
Hassan has also received several prestigious honours, including:
The Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Young Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association (2011)
Liberty and Justice Awards of the New York Civil Liberties Union (2012)
The Unsung Hero Award presented by the Florida Commission on Human Relations (2013)
Making a Difference Award from Council on American-Islamic Relations (2014)
The Florida Muslim Bar Association's Award for Promoting Justice (2015)
The Stetson Lawyer of the Year Award from the Stetson University College of Law (2016)
The Champion of Justice Award from the Florida Justice Association (2017)
Regarding pressing national issues, Shibly frequently appears in the media. He has frequently appeared as a commentator and analyst on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera.
Hassan Shibly's humanitarian efforts include establishing a traditional Islamic publishing company and the non-profit Help Yateem USA, which aims to empower African orphans. His philanthropic efforts have raised millions of dollars to support people worldwide, as well as civil rights in the United States and other causes close to his heart.
He has also assisted numerous Muslim refugees and immigrants in obtaining legal aid.