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Diala Shamas

Diala Shamas is a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on challenging government and law enforcement abuses perpetrated under the guise of national security, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her areas of practice include international human rights, civil rights, immigration, as well as national security law.

Prior to joining CCR, Diala was a Clinical Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law at the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and a Senior Staff Attorney supervising the CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project at CUNY School of Law. She has extensive international experience, including in Palestine, where she is has lived and worked.

Diala received her undergraduate and law degrees from Yale. She has been published by or appeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times, The Nation,, The Washington Post, NPR, This American Life, and The Intercept.