Episode 15: One-on-One with Ehsan Zaffar

On March 18, our office celebrated its 10th Anniversary Conference, where over 600 of our public and private sector partners joined us to engage in valuable dialogue surrounding counterterrorism, resiliency, and cybersecurity issues. The day's events included insightful presentations from a wide array of experts, who then graciously sat down with our podcast to delve deeper into some of their topics.

Ehsan Zaffar, a Senior Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, D.C. joins us in Episode 15 to explore efforts in countering violent extremism.




Ehsan Zaffar is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, DC. He advises the Secretary and DHS components on the civil rights and civil liberties implications of existing and proposed national security policies, programs, and procedures. Mr. Zaffar worked with diverse communities and young adults in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina to build resilience and assist vulnerable communities under the auspices of the White House’s National Strategy for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism. He will discuss solutions to countering and mitigating violent extremism at a local level.


Mr. Zaffar is currently writing a textbook book entitled Understanding Homeland Security: Foundations of Security Policy, which includes interviews with experts in homeland security and national security. His latest publications include:

"Principles of Faith-Based ADR"

"What Are Your Rights at Screenings and Checkpoints?"