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Manar Waheed

Associate General Counsel, Facebook

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As Associate General Counsel on the Civil Rights Team at Facebook, Manar serves as the team’s civil rights legal expert. She engages in company-wide civil rights reviews with a focus on enhancing protections for marginalized communities and ensuring that the company is moving towards equity on all its platforms. Prior to joining Facebook, Manar was a Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where she worked on the intersection of issues impacting Arab, Black, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities, including immigration, national security and counterterrorism, white supremacist violence, free speech, and hate crimes and bullying. During the Obama administration, she served as the Deputy Policy Director for Immigration in the White House Domestic Policy Council where she assisted with the development of the President’s strategy for building a 21st century immigration system. In addition to immigration policy, this work included addressing anti-immigrant and -refugee sentiment and protecting the rights of all people against discrimination, harassment, and hate attacks. She also served as Policy Director at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and she provided assistance to domestic violence survivors through civil and criminal systems at Legal Services of New York City and the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women respectively.