Jacqueline Isaac Attorney at Law

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Jacqueline Isaac is a human rights advocate and an estate planning attorney currently practicing out of her law firm in Southern California while traveling for human rights initiatives throughout the year. Isaac earned her Law degree and her Bachelors in Political Science to help address human rights and empowerment issues facing women in America and internationally. As an Egyptian-American with a passion for international affairs, she lived in Egypt to conduct an independent grass roots project and documentary on female genital mutilation and was then stationed in Cairo to work with the United Nations Development Program on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East .

Since January 25, 2012, the rise of the Jasmine Revolution, Jacqueline Isaac has dedicated her efforts to build a new Egypt with (1) a justice system of transparency and accountability; (2) equality for all citizens including marginalized minorities and (3) freedom of expression raised to the highest standards. In order to effectively lobby for minority rights and changes in the Constitution that will protect minorities, the unity of both influential Muslim and Christian leaders in society is crucial. Movements toward equality, particularly movements supported and recognized by influential people of diverse backgrounds, are crucial in order to successful change policy and the rule of law.

As an Egyptian American Human Rights Attorney, Jacqueline Isaac partnered with a non-profit organization entitled, “Freedom3” to sponsor a crucial and high-level meeting with Egyptian Leaders supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This meeting took place October 10-13th, 2011 in Cannes , France known as the Cannes Conference, where Religious Leaders, human rights activists, NGO leaders, Egyptian youth leaders who led the Facebook and Social Media part of the Arab Spring Revolution, and world-renowned scholars met to discuss The Egyptian Bill of Rights and Freedoms. The Bill of Rights and Freedoms was drafted, negotiated, and agreed upon by a large representative committee over a 90-day period and put forward to the Military Government with a request that the twelve principles in this Bill be put into place before Parliamentary Elections as a normative and legal structure for Egypt this last summer. The Bill  includes eleven principles outlining fundamental human rights such as freedom of religion, gender, equality, and the right to own property and hold public office, among others, that should apply to Egypt’s people, across ethnic, gender and religious differences.

         During the Cannes Conference, Egyptian Leaders and international participants worked on and executed the Cannes Peace Accord and Plan of Action, a Commitment to The Bill of Rights and Freedoms and a Plan for future cooperation to promote human rights, women’s' rights, and the right of every human being to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief.   

         The leaders hope for broader dissemination of the Bill of Rights and support of the international community and fellow Egyptians across the globe which will help develop a strong democracy for the future, and meet the aspirations for Egyptian people.

             During the last phase of the conference, leaders deliberated and created a plan on how to spread the awareness of the Bills of Rights and Freedoms and bring unity and solidarity among all Egyptian people. This plan is now known as the “Cannes Accord and Plan of Action.”  The Accord was signed by its authors, a collection of moderate religious and community leaders which included a Senior Advisor of the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheik Ali Gomaa; President of the Evangelical Churches of Egypt and crucial member of the House of the Family, Professor  Doctor Safwat El-Baiady;  Coptic Activist, President of the New Social Democratic Party and Deputy Director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Doctor Emad Gad;  Youth leader and member of the committee of the House of the Family, Doctor Freddy El-Baiady; Youth Activist and researcher  for Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Mr.  Ziad Mousa; and Egyptian Philosopher and Scholar, Doctor Anwar Moghith.

 In December 2011, Jacqueline Isaac,  began a new movement  endorsed by Al Azhar Islamic Institution, the New Social Democratic Party, the Coptic, Catholic and Evangelical Churches and the Muslim Religious Office of the Grand Mufti, influential Egyptian lawyers, diplomats, United Nation officials and newly elected parliamentary officials.

The inside movement from the Egyptian people is based on a dream that the founder, Jacqueline Isaac, personally had that is now growing and becoming reality. An overwhelming majority of Egyptians believe in “God” and affiliate with either Islam or Christianity. As a direct result, religious Egyptians believe that God created all human beings. Although there may be many other religious or political differences, this foundational belief (rooted in both religions), is a powerful tool to unite Egyptians to fight for human dignity, equality and value. If a person believes that God chose to create every human being, then the next logical truth is that God created every human being with intrinsic value, dignity and rights that no man should interfere with. 

With these religious beliefs, the majority of Egyptians desire equality, value and human dignity.  Thus, the movement will unify Egyptians, in an organized fashion, to stand together to protect, respect and defend each other because of the universal recognition that we each have value. With this foundational theory in mind, the movement brought together Egyptian leaders and influential players from all different sectors in society, in December 2011, in a meeting entitled “Unite for Egypt .” The meeting resulted in an implementation of a plan that would spread awareness of these concepts to the silent majority and to transform the legal system in a manner that will protect all people.

Each leader of the movement represents a certain group of people in society that are demanding value and equality for all Egyptian citizens. It is their goal that such demands are heard through lobbying and influence on policy making. However, the key to this movement’s success is to build a blended and diverse legal team, from Islamic and Christian backgrounds, who will advise these influential leaders on the history and process of policy making, educate them on successful historical models of positive legal transformation, assist them in drafting and proposing new legal resolutions while maintaining respect for Egypt’s theocratic system governed by Islamic “shari’a” law.

 

While with the United Nations, she assisted with a publication, which is currently still in progress, on access to medication in the developing world as well as intellectual property rights granted by the World Trade Organization. The publication was initiated as a user friendly booklet to inform policy members and people living with HIV of their legal rights.

As the Vice President of a non-profit organization called Roads of Success, Isaac has traveled to South Africa on an initiative to decrease sickness in the region and to India to fight against sexual slavery through rescue missions. Isaac has been a guest speaker and is a co-producer of a television broadcast program in the Arabic language that airs via satellite focusing on the psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of women in the Middle East . The weekly broadcast educates and entertains viewers while broaching societal and spiritual awareness of the needs of women. Along with her mother, Yvette Isaac, President of Roads of Success, she coordinated a tour throughout Egypt with special guest, Nick Vuijcic, a young man born without arms or legs, who travels around the world speaking about hope and faith for the disabled.

       As thousands gathered for these events, the tour quickly became a historical turning point on disability awareness in Egypt .  Isaac and her team made strides in the advancement of disability rights through Egyptian governmental and educational institutions and civil groups. Utilizing her family’s network, Isaac helped launch a press conference attended by many dignitaries headed by the Mayor of Alexandria and other influential political, media and religious leaders. Numerous diplomats, Egyptian Ministers of Health and Tourism and correspondents for Al Jazeera, MBC, Dream and prominent newspapers attended the conference. Sheikha Hissa Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani as the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the United Nations Commission for Social Development was also a special guest for the tour. 

       As the Former President of the International Human Rights Law Society of the University of San Diego School of Law, Isaac had invited notable political figures to speak on campus and created a monthly publication called Passion Towards Humanity that informs students about human rights controversies around the world. Isaac has been involved in numerous organizations that relate to the rights of women, human rights, and social activism.

       Additionally, Isaac has contributed to the Office of Congresswoman Diane Watson by researching and crafting the language for several pieces of proposed legislation that are desperately needed in the United States.  One such proposal aims to eliminate the disparities in health care coverage for the rich and poor, the young and old, people from rural and municipal areas, and all ethnic groups.  Isaac focused on the national and international treatment of women, including a commendation to be presented to Egypt in recognition of attempts to protect women from the centuries old female genital mutilation tradition.  

            Due to her activities, Isaac was granted Pro Bono Service Awards and multiple scholarships from organizations such as the Council on Legal Education Opportunities, California Bar Foundation, University of San Diego and the Copley Press. Isaac was also a recipient of the Best Oral Advocate Award. She also participated in the Moot Court Willem C. Vis competition in Vienna, Austria, presenting oral arguments on international commercial arbitration. Isaac also interned in London at Wilmer Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, one of the world’s leading international arbitration firms. Isaac's work experience combined with her international aid and awareness efforts have allowed her to gain a unique perspective on matters of international affairs.