The Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project’s mandate is to support Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and all other communities in the New York City area and beyond that are targeted by local, state, or federal government agencies under the guise of national security and counterterrorism. CLEAR was founded in 2009 as a cross-clinical collaboration between the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic at CUNY School of Law. CLEAR has since expanded and is now staffed by law students from multiple clinics at Main Street Legal Services, working under the supervision of CLEAR’s dedicated law faculty and staff attorneys. CLEAR’s community-oriented and movement-building approach combines free legal representation with other services directed at satisfying the fuller range of community concerns. CLEAR provides three primary services free of charge: legal representation and consultation; know-your-rights workshops; and support for community organizing.
CLEAR’s founding director is Ramzi Kassem, Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law.