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Farhana Khera

Executive Director, Muslim Advocates
Bay Area, CA

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Farhana Khera works to maintain and protect civil liberties and Muslim rights in the wake of governmental counter-terrorism efforts.


Farhana Khera is the Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights organization, and is the first woman to lead a national Muslim organization. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates, Ms. Khera was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights. She worked directly for Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI) and focused on the Patriot Act, racial and religious profiling, and other civil liberties issues raised by the government’s anti-terrorism policies after 9/11. As the Senator’s lead staff member. she developed anti-racial profiling legislation and organized subcommittee hearings on racial profiling. Ms. Khera has been honored by the Auburn Theological Seminary with its Lives of Commitment Award. She has also been recognized by Islamica Magazine as one of “10 Young Muslim Visionaries” for leadership and innovative approaches. She has been quoted by The New York Times, Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman, and San Jose Mercury News, and has appeared on outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and The Charlie Rose Show.


  • National Security/Law
  • US Politics
  • Hate Crimes and Violence

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Racial/Religious Profiling, Hate Violence/Hate Crimes, Discrimination and Bigotry, National Security, US Politics, Surveillance

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