Ehsan Zaffar writes about civil rights, security and community resilience. Ehsan is a member of the faculties of Washington College of Law at American University, John Marshall Law School, George Mason University, and George Washington University. He teaches courses on homeland security policy, as well as privacy and surveillance law. He has lectured to audiences on these issues in Spain, Greece, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Italy and Pakistan. He has previously served as a liaison to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on National Security Law and as Chair of the ABA’s Section of International Law (Asia/Pacific Committee).
Ehsan also serves as a Senior Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington D.C. where he advises the Secretary of Homeland Security and DHS components on the civil rights and civil liberties implications of existing and proposed national security policies, programs, and procedures. Ehsan leads the Department’s efforts to implement UNHRC Resolution 16/18 to combat intolerance and violence against persons on the basis of religion or belief.
Prior to government service, Ehsan worked on human rights and rule of law issues in post-disaster and post-conflict environments, both domestically and abroad.
He earned his JD in 2008 from Pepperdine University School of Law where he obtained a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute. Ehsan is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia and is a panel mediator on national security and civil rights matters with the Agency for Dispute Resolution. Ehsan serves on the board of directors at Developments in Literacy (DIL), a non-profit organization that develops teacher training tools for schools and houses of worship in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia and is an advisor to the Amani Institute, a social entrepreneurship curriculum training institute in Kenya.
Ehsan’s writing has appeared on CNN.com, Muftah, Slate, and The Huffington Post. His book Understanding Homeland Security: Foundations of Security Policy will be published in spring 2017 by Routledge Press.