Monday, 15 October 2018

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Norma Henning

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A native of Germany, Norma Henning started her professional life in Public Affairs for the U.S. Army in Germany and came to the United States as an Army wife in 1986. She taught English and German in South Korea, had two children and then started her university studies in the United States, earning the Distinguished Journalism Graduate designation from the Hall School of Journalism at Troy State University in Alabama in 1993 and a Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida College of Law in 1996, earning Book Awards in Constitutional Law and Trial Advocacy.

She has been practicing law in Florida since 1996, concentrating on business and family immigration but never losing her passion for public interest work and advocacy. In 2003, the Federal Republic of Germany appointed Ms. Henning Honorary Consul for Western Florida, a position in which she gets to combine her interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy with service to the substantial population of German nationals in Florida. She is the recipient of the Silver Cross of Honor of the German armed forces and a graduate of the Civilian Leadership Course at the German Naval Academy.

Ms. Henning became aware of CAIR’s civil rights work during the last presidential campaign and started volunteering with the organization after the enactment of the Muslim Ban. She joined the organization as a staff attorney in January of 2018.

“The America that I grew to love and respect was the America that liberated Europe from fascism and gave Germany the foundation to build an open and humanitarian society - an America that is based on liberty and justice for all - regardless of the constructs of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin and gender. These are the ideals for which Americans – of all creeds and colors – have fought and died since the inception of this great country. Policies that encourage fear and discrimination by scapegoating fellow citizens or immigrants for political purposes and are unworthy of these American ideals.

“Evil prevails when good men (or women) do nothing. We have learned that we cannot take our institutions for granted. I see this time in our history as a unique challenge and opportunity to step up to the responsibilities of freedom, to speak up for the rule of law and to work together for the future in a country where ‘liberty and justice for all’ is truly the law of the land.”