Skip to content Skip to navigation

STATEMENT: Establishment of “MENA” Category for Arab American Representation

October 11, 2021

Washington, D.C. – On September 11, U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Judy Chu (CA-27)  introduced a Congressional Resolution that expressed the sense of Congress that post-9/11 policies had a disparate impact on Arab, South Asian, and Muslim communities. The resolution then called for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to track the impact of post-9/11 in terms of physical and mental health outcomes. There currently exists the statutory authority for HHS to begin collecting disaggregated data on racial and ethnic communities. However, to this point HHS has not exercised its authority to do so on the MENA community. In light of the introduction of this important resolution last month, NNAAC supports the introduction of legislation in Congress or an executive action from HHS that would collect disaggregated data on the post-9/11 policies disparate impact on the MENA community.

For a more in-depth analysis of the issue of MENA exclusion and the potential benefits of MENA inclusion, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) recently released a policy brief on the MENA category.


Noor Hindi (She/Her/Hers)| Communications Specialist |
ACCESS | 2651 Saulino Ct., Dearborn MI 48120 | 

Phone: 330-990-0232 

Connect with us ACCESS |Arab American National Museum |
National Network for Arab American Communities | Center for Arab American Philanthropy