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TSA presents community partner awards to Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, America's VetDogs, and Muflehun

Local Press Release
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration recently recognized the Consumer Relations Coordinator at Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., and America’s VetDogs both of Smithtown, New York, and the Executive Director of Muflehun, an independent Washington, D.C., based think-and-do tank, aimed at research-driven, community initiated measures to counter violent extremism. They were recognized for their dedication to working collaboratively with the TSA to improve the checkpoint screening process for the constituencies they work with and represent.

Jenine Stanley serves as the Consumer Relations Coordinator for Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs of Smithtown, New York, where she has also served as part of its Board of Directors for five years. Ms. Stanley, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and America’s VetDogs have consistently provided support and advocacy to promote TSA programs and initiatives educating consumers and sharing feedback and information to TSA’s Disability Branch and TSA personnel at airports across the country. She provided a targeted training webinar to TSA employees focused on individuals who are blind and use guide dogs. She was a presenter at a multicultural and disability coalition meeting on service animals and the TSA screening process. Ms. Stanley has provided training to TSA officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport on how best to interact with individuals who are blind and use guide dogs as they traverse through the airport. She also developed a best practice document for TSA on engagement with individuals who are blind and use guide dogs.

Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, an independent think-and-do tank, aimed at preventative measures, initiated by the Muslim American community, that is dedicated to filling this gap in effective and innovative ways. The word “muflehun” means “those who will be successful.” Ms. Khan was honored for her valuable expertise in the development of TSA’s anti-discrimination guidance to the workforce, and for being a perennial participant in the TSA Multicultural Branch’s community engagement initiatives. She has also presented cultural awareness training for TSA officers as part of the agency’s “Islam 101 Passenger Support Specialist Training.”

“Both of these dedicated women and their respective organizations have been critical to the success of TSA’s ongoing efforts in the area of civil rights and liberties,” said Kimberly Walton, TSA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement. “We honor them for their exceptional contribution to TSA’s efforts to enhance the traveler experience and ensure the traveling public is treated in a fair and lawful manner through education of our workforce.”

The awards were presented during TSA’s 13th Annual TSA Coalition Conference.

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