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Shawn
Jain

Shawn Jain (@shawnjain) is a Media Strategist at the Washington Legislative Office. Previously, Shawn served as communications and media relations coordinator for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), held in Washington in July 2012. Prior to working on the Conference, Shawn worked at a strategic communications firm in New York City that had a public health focus. Shawn received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.

Highlighting Our Heroes in the Fight for Transgender Rights

Highlighting Our Heroes in the Fight for Transgender Rights

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU & John Knight, LGBT Project at 5:11pm
As Transgender Awareness Week 2012 (November 12-19) concludes, today we feature three of our heroic clients who’ve made our work to end discrimination against transgender people possible. Not only have our clients been willing to stand up against discrimination, but they’ve also taken on the challenge of teaching others – legislators, judges and the general public – what it means to be transgender and the challenges transgender people face. The following people have helped make our transgender rights work possible in the areas of employment discrimination and identification documents. The LGBT community has seen astounding progress, but a great deal of work still needs to be done to secure greater understanding and acceptance along with basic legal protections for transgender Americans for whom discrimination is still commonplace.
A Wish for the New Year: End Mass Deportation and Family Separation

A Wish for the New Year: End Mass Deportation and Family Separation

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:08pm

As families get together this holiday season, we thought we’d share one wish for the New Year: an end to a government policy that tears thousands of these families apart.

We’re talking about the Obama administration’s harsh…

ACLU to President Obama: Tackle the Homeland Security Budget in Your Plan to Avert Fiscal Cliff

ACLU to President Obama: Tackle the Homeland Security Budget in Your Plan to Avert Fiscal Cliff

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:22pm

Much attention has turned to the so-called “fiscal cliff” of spending cuts and increases in taxes that could take effect in early 2013 barring congressional action. According to  The Wall Street Journaland others, the president met…

6 To-Dos for Obama's Sixth Year as POTUS

6 To-Dos for Obama's Sixth Year as POTUS

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:54pm

Last night's State of the Union address covered many issues important to Americans, including economic inequality, winding down foreign wars, climate change, pay equity, closing Guantanamo, voting rights, and much more.

But from a civil liberties…

Federal Reforms Needed to Increase Voter Access

Federal Reforms Needed to Increase Voter Access

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:18pm

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an important hearing entitled, The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election. The timing is ripe for the committee to consider the state of our most fundamental right as citizens.  Just…

On the Agenda: February 24-28

On the Agenda: February 24-28

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:51pm

The 2014 Winter Olympics concluded last night in Sochi, Russia in spectacular, if not somewhat bizarre fashion, with the infamous giant bear mascot shedding a tear during the closing ceremony before the torch was passed to PyeongChang, South Korea,…

Being Pro Immigrant Is So In This Season

Being Pro Immigrant Is So In This Season

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 2:10pm

Wake up in the morning feeling not like P.Diddy (sorry, Ke$ha), but instead feeling like wow, another official is saying something really pro-immigrant, and it's fantastic.

Today, it's Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl (in Speaker Boehner's…

On the Agenda: December 16-20

On the Agenda: December 16-20

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:54am

There were certainly moments when the weather on the East Coast was NAGL this past week(end), but then again, it's December, so what do you expect?

But on a happier note, what WAS 'a good look' this past week was the somewhat surprising budget…

Image Control at Its Worst: The White House Immigration Chat

Image Control at Its Worst: The White House Immigration Chat

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:56pm

About midway through yesterday's immigration chat with Vice President Biden and Domestic Policy Advisor Cecilia Muñoz, I started to get the sneaking suspicion that the conversation was a tightly controlled event, with the questioners chosen beforehand,…

On the Agenda: November 18-22

On the Agenda: November 18-22

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:27am

Life in Congress last week wasn't as entertaining as it was in Toronto.

That is, unless you love hearing about Obamacare all the time.

Assuming you don't, there is actually a lot going on in Congress before everyone turns into a pumpkin…

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