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Fahd Ahmed

Executive Director, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)

Fahd Ahmed is currently the Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving) of New York City, where he has served in various capacities since 2000. DRUM has mobilized and built the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives, from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice.

  • National Security/Law
  • US Politics
  • Immigration
Racial/Religious Profiling, Immigration, National Security, US Politics, South Asian Issues

Madihha Ahussain

Special Counsel for Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Muslim Advocates
Bay Area, CA

Madihha Ahussain serves as a staff attorney at Muslim Advocates and plays an essential role as a member of the legal team focusing on anti-Muslim hate issues. An expert on hate crime law and a frequent guest panelist, Ms. Ahussain travels the country to speak with hate crime victims and meets with government officials to discuss policy related to civil rights and hate crimes.

  • US Politics
  • Hate Crimes and Violence
Hate Violence/Hate Crimes, Discrimination and Bigotry, US Politics

Shannon Al-Wakeel

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Muslim Justice League
Boston, MA

Shannon Al-Wakeel is the executive director of the Muslim Justice League (MJL), a Boston-based organization advocating for human and civil rights that are threatened under national security pretexts. She was one of four Muslim women who founded MJL following federal law enforcement announcements in 2014 of a “countering violent extremism” pilot program targeting Boston.

  • National Security/Law
  • US Politics
Surveillance, Racial/Religious Profiling, Immigration, National Security, US Politics, Discrimination and Bigotry

Sahar F. Aziz

Professor of Law, Rutgers University Law School

Sahar F. Aziz is a Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School.  Professor Aziz’s scholarship examines intersections of national security, race, and civil rights with a focus on the adverse impact of national security laws and policies on racial, ethnic, and religious minorities in the U.S.

  • National Security/Law
  • Foreign Policy
  • US Politics
National Security, North African Issues, Middle East, Women's Issues, Terrorism. Discrimination and Bigotry, Civil Liberties

Jim Doyle

President, Business Forward
Washington D.C.

Jim is founder of Business Forward, a trade group dedicated to building business support for public policies that promote America's economic competitiveness.

  • US Politics
US Politics, Civic Engagement

Jordan Denari Duffner

Author, Bridge Initiative Associate
Washington D.C.

Jordan Denari Duffner is a leading Catholic voice on Muslim-Christian relations and Islamophobia. She is the author ofFinding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic, and her forthcoming book on Islamophobia is slated for publication in 2020.

  • Religion & Interfaith
  • US Politics
  • Hate Crimes and Violence
Christianity/Catholicism, Interfaith Relations, Discrimination and Bigotry

Deepa Iyer

Senior Fellow, Center for Social Inclusion
Washington, DC

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, and racial justice advocate. Ms. Iyer’s areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants, national security and immigration policies, and racial equity and solidarity practices. 

  • National Security/Law
  • US Politics
  • Immigration
  • Hate Crimes and Violence
Racial/Religious Profiling, Immigration, Hate Violence/Hate Crimes, National Security, Discrimination and Bigotry, US Politics, Race and Racism

Taif Jany

Policy Coordinator, Young Elected Officials Network

Taif Jany was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. At age 16, he fled the sectarian civil conflict in the country and sought refuge in Damascus, Syria. Jany arrived in the United States at age 18 to attend Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he studied sociology and French.

  • Foreign Policy
  • US Politics
  • Immigration
  • Hate Crimes and Violence
US Politics, Civic Engagement, Immigration, Muslim Ban, Discrimination and Bigotry, Race and Racism

Suhail A. Khan

Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Engagement
Washington D.C.

Suhail A. Khan is a life-long Reagan conservative and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, a Christian religious freedom think tank. He also chairs the Conservative Inclusion Coalition, a regular coalition meeting of activists dedicated to expanding the conservative message to all Americans.

  • Religion & Interfaith
  • US Politics
US Politics, Civil Liberties

Farhana Khera

Executive Director, Muslim Advocates
Bay Area, CA

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.

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