New Faces of Muslim Public Affairs Council

January 18, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 18, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the weekly planning meeting of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is buzzing with the energy of Gen-Xers who are emerging as the new leadership of one of Southern California's most prominent Islamic organizations... Fresh off a splashy effort last week to train human rights monitors to keep tabs on a federal immigrant registration program, the group is keen to keep up the momentum... Sarah Eltantawi, the 26-year-old national communications director, reports that she and another member will soon be attending an invitation-only White House briefing on the controversial INS program, which requires men from a score of countries, many of them heavily Muslim, to register. She and Susan Attar, the group's 20-year-old hate crime prevention coordinator, mention plans to improve training of monitors for the next round of registrations. They also plan to submit a report on complaints of abuse to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights... Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, the 36-year-old community relations director, gives a rundown on media coverage of the INS monitoring project: pieces not only by major newspapers and the national TV networks but also news organizations from Egypt, Germany, Sweden and Japan."