J. freelancer gets $40,000 settlement for racial profiling

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A Santa Rosa woman of Saudi and Jewish descent has reached a settlement with Frontier Airlines and the U.S. government after being pulled off an airplane, detained and strip-searched.


Shoshana Hebshi

Under the terms of the settlement, Shoshana Hebshi will receive $40,000 from the federal government as compensation for the “severe humiliation she suffered,” according to a news release issued by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Hebshi, a mother of two who was detained at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Sept. 11, 2011, the


10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Hebshi is a former copy editor at J. who currently freelances for this publication.

The ACLU charged that Hebshi was singled out because of her Middle Eastern name and appearance.

 “I filed this lawsuit because I didn’t want others to experience the kind of unnecessary trauma that I did, and it has given me faith that the justice system can work to protect constitutional rights,” Hebshi said in a news release. — jta