Ibraham Qatabi is a Yemeni American political analyst and a human rights advocate and organizer. He is also a legal worker for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Mr. Qatabi serves as a UN-U.S. advisor to Nobel Peace Laureate Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, and was a lead advisor on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He previously interned in the Terrorism/Counter-Terrorism section at Human Rights Watch in New York. As an expert on Yemen and Middle Eastern affairs, he has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East.
During the Arab Spring, Qatabi co-founded the Yemeni American Coalition for Change (YACC) to support peaceful change and the democracy movement in Yemen.
Following President Trump’s Muslim Ban, Mr. Qatabi helped mobilize the community, organized Know Your Rights events, and connected individuals and families with legal counsel. Mr. Qatabi remains involved in advocacy campaigns around the Muslim ban, immigration and other related national security issues and involved in a range of community service work.
Mr. Qatabi is a native Arabic speaker and frequent commentator on Yemeni affairs on various cable news networks, including Al Aljazeera, RT (Arabic and English), and Alhurra TV, among others.