Bilal Askaryar is the Director of Communications at the Acacia Center for Justice. He has a Masters in International Development and Human Rights from American University’s School of International Service. Before joining Acacia, he helped launch and lead the communication’s work of the #WelcomeWithDignity Campaign for asylum rights. Bilal also worked with the Immigration and Refugee Program at Church World Service, where he led significant media engagement strategies to rebuild support for the United States Refugee Admissions Program and dismantle the Muslim Ban. Previously, he led a landmark collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Turquoise Mountain Foundation featuring former refugee and internally displaced artists and artisans from Afghanistan.