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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.

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.
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…

Should LGBT Activists in India Just Give Up?

Should LGBT Activists in India Just Give Up?

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:09pm

Late last night, like many LGBT South Asian Americans, I waited anxiously to see how India's Supreme Court would rule on a colonial-era law that criminalized homosexuality. The ruling came in just after midnight Eastern Standard Time, and it was a…

Senate about to Pass ENDA: Now What?

Senate about to Pass ENDA: Now What?

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 1:16pm

Another day, another historic victory for LGBT people.

That's just kind of how 2013 has been. And the Senate being on the verge of passing a measure that would finally prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender…

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,…

ACLU Lens: ACLU Responds to Gang of 8 Immigration Plan

ACLU Lens: ACLU Responds to Gang of 8 Immigration Plan

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 1:10pm

The ACLU welcomed the bill summary released late last night by a bipartisan group of key senators – ‘the Gang of 8', and we eagerly await the introduction of complete bill text, expected later today.

For over 90 years the ACLU has defended…

On the Agenda: January 13-17

On the Agenda: January 13-17

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 12:20pm

Washington is slowly getting back into the swing of things following its annual winter hibernation when the streets are empty and it's relatively easy to get a table at all the new restaurants that line 14th St NW. Now, not so much.

Anyway,…

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…

On the Agenda: Week of October 7-11

On the Agenda: Week of October 7-11

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:53am

Frustration continues to reign in Washington as the federal government shutdown (or slimdown, as Fox News is calling it) enters its second week.

Various House Republican proposals to open certain parts of the government (such as cancer research…

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…

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