About Us2019-08-23T15:45:56+00:00

Who We Are

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps enact legislation and policies that encourage freedom, human rights, accountability, rule of law, and secular democracy for the Syrian people. We work through direct congressional lobbying, and by empowering “citizen lobbyists” to do the same.

Every day we strive toward a free Syria that is led by democratically-elected representatives, respects the human rights of all individuals, and provides sufficient safety and stability for the return of Syrians displaced by conflict.

Our efforts are powered by donations from American citizens from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. We do not receive any support from governments or political organizations.

Are you a student or young professional interested in getting involved? Click here to learn more about our fellowship program.

Meet the Team

Ismael Basha, President

Ismael was born in Hama, Syria and studied engineering at Damascus University. He left Syria fearing persecution by Hafez al-Assad and his regime. He arrived in the United States in 1983. He promptly began building his successful manufacturing business TSS Car Wash Services. Mr. Basha serves as an active member of his community has been politically active across multiple administrations and with numerous Members of Congress in the Senate and House. He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with his wife and four children.

Muna Jondy, Policy Chair

Muna is an immigration lawyer and an active community leader in Flint, Michigan. She has a history of advocating for human rights at home and abroad, especially through her involvement in the ACLU. She regularly visits Washington, D.C. for national advocacy campaigns and to participate in think tank panels, for instance at the New America Foundation and Brookings Institution.

Tim Jebara, Treasurer

Tim is a real estate developer in New Jersey.

Erica Hanichak, Government Relations Director

A St. Louis native, Erica has spent several years educating officials about issues of civilian protection, conflict resolution, and counterterrorism in Washington, D.C. Before joining AFS, Erica researched U.S.-Turkish relations. She graduated from Georgetown University, speaks Turkish and Spanish, and enjoys the occasional Bollywood movie.

Jameson Cunningham, Policy and Public Affairs Strategist 

Jameson joins AFS after working in communications for ten years on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. Jameson is passionate about human rights, freedom, and supporting the Syrian people–and ensuring Congress leads on these issues with moral clarity and proper U.S. policy. He lives with his wife and three kids in the Washington, D.C. area and enjoys board games with friends, reading, U2 concerts, and chocolate shakes.

Kenan Rahmani, Policy Advisor

Kenan has traveled to Syria and the surrounding region more than a dozen times since 2011 to build relationships with U.S.-supported civil society leaders. As a result, he has become an expert on the real-life impact of U.S. actions in Syria, insights about which he has shared with government officials and journalists alike. He has shared his experiences on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. When he’s not traveling, he can be found on the beaches of California.

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