#RedefineSecurity: Sasha, 26 (NQAPIA)

Sasha

“The last time I flew to New York City, I was stopped by TSA, which is a regular occurrence. This time though, for reasons I can’t explain, I was led away from the security checkpoint and into a room: a tiny storage closet with blocked out windows. The only sign in the room was a … Read more #RedefineSecurity: Sasha, 26 (NQAPIA)

#RedefineSecurity: Sahar Shafqat, 44 (Washington DC)

Sahar Shafqat

“When I was on my way to India with Sapna, my wife, we received boarding passes with a quadruple S (SSSS) security code. I had received that code before, so we knew: it’s going to be one of those security experiences. A TSA agent opened up a security line just for us. Each of us needed to … Read more #RedefineSecurity: Sahar Shafqat, 44 (Washington DC)

#RedefineSecurity: Kevin Lam, 26 (QAPA Boston & NQAPIA)

Kevin Lam

“In 2013, as Khmer New Year in Providence, RI was wrapping up, my co-worker was stopped by police. My co-worker and I were the main transportation for young people we worked with to get home after the event. When I saw that my co-worker had been stopped, I made a u-turn to check-in on her … Read more #RedefineSecurity: Kevin Lam, 26 (QAPA Boston & NQAPIA)

#RedefineSecurity: Jyoti Chand, 33 (Stop LAPD Spying Coalition)

Jyoti Chand

“I am a coordinating team member of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, an anti-state violence and anti-police spying coalition. In 2014, my apartment was broken into. My laptop, which I use for my community organizing work, and my paper notes, to document the use of human and electronic surveillance by the police, were stolen. I felt … Read more #RedefineSecurity: Jyoti Chand, 33 (Stop LAPD Spying Coalition)

#RedefineSecurity: Fa’afetai Alofa

police car lights

“I remember the moment the undercover cop pulled out his badge and told me I was going to be arrested. I experienced a mix of things; shock, self disgust, disbelief, shame, and an overwhelming numbness. As a Samoan trans woman, at the age of 23, just a few months after completing my bachelors degree, I … Read more #RedefineSecurity: Fa’afetai Alofa

#RedefineSecurity: August Guang, 26 (PRYSM & NQAPIA)

August Guang

“I was 19 when the TSA started using full body scanners in 2010. I found myself suddenly under their microscope. Until then I had gone through with relative ease – though my suitcase was often searched because of my mom’s import business – because as an East Asian U.S. citizen I didn’t fit the profile of … Read more #RedefineSecurity: August Guang, 26 (PRYSM & NQAPIA)

#RedefineSecurity: Alina Bee, 26 (Satrang LA)

Red and black pattern

“Abbu was always frustrated by my shalwared prancing. He said they made me look unprofessional and no one would take me seriously in the world. Much to his chagrin, I’ve just about made a uniform of them and the TSA takes me very seriously. One particular instance sticks out and it happened to be when … Read more #RedefineSecurity: Alina Bee, 26 (Satrang LA)