Reema Dodin was born in North Carolina to Palestinian-Jordanian parents, Bajis Dodin and Samia Dodin. Her parents immigrated in the 1960s from Dura, Hebron in the West Bank. Her grandfather is Mustafa Dodin, a social affairs minister in Jordan who was involved Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in the 1970s.
Dodin earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in political science and economics in 2002. During her university education, she participated in pro-Palestinian activism. In 2006, Dodin interned in Dick Durbin’s office. That same year, she earned her juris doctor from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Influenced "Muslim Rights" hearing
Senator Dick Durbin’s “Muslim Rights” hearing held on March 29 2011, by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights was heavily influenced by a Durbin staffer.
The key staffer, Reema Dodin, is in regular contact with the Council on American Islamic Relations. She is a Palestinian rights activist who organized anti-Israel rallies at the University of California at Berkeley as a student. Dodin was also a member of the Muslim Student Association.
Dodin was cited in the book "Muslim Mafia" as one of the moles who had cultivated contacts inside the offices of key Democrat leaders. In fact, CAIR has her listed as a reliable source in their rolodex. Her boss, Sen. Durbin has been a long-time supporter of CAIR – and has helped raise funds for this terrorist-linked group.
It was Dodin who recommended the top witness for the March 29 hearing – fellow San Francisco-area activist Farhana Khera. He is founder of Muslim Advocates, an organization that has sued the Department of Justice to force it to disclose the FBI’s undercover operations to disrupt terrorist activities inside radical mosques. Muslim Advocates also advises Muslim witnesses or suspects to not talk to the FBI.
Reema Dodin's career
Reema Dodin serves as Floor Director to the Assistant Democratic Leader, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), where she runs the whip operation for the Senate Democratic leadership team. Prior to her current role, Reema served as Senator Durbin's Floor Counsel, Research Director and as an aide to his Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. On her own time, Reema has volunteered with several campaigns including for Joe Donnelly, Joe Sestak, and Obama for America. She is a Munich Young Leader, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, a New Leaders Council Fellow, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Jenkins Hill Society (a consortium of women in politics supporting female politicians) . Reema attended the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the California Bar.