Afaf Nasher, esq

executive Director

Afaf Nasher currently serves as the Executive Director for the New York Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, “CAIR-NY.”  Prior to accepting the role of Executive Director, she served as Board President for the organization.  Before shifting her focus to civil rights advocacy, she worked as an associate for the Law Firm of Rossi and Crowley, LLP, performing work in commercial litigation. Ms. Nasher continues to serve as a volunteer with several religious and secular organizations in various capacities. Her involvement with CAIR–NY stems from an enthusiasm to challenge discrimination in all its forms, promote positive activism, and foster an understanding of the Muslim American identity. Ms. Nasher obtained her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law and has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.


Albert Fox Cahn, Esq

Legal Director

Albert Fox Cahn serves as CAIR–NY’s Legal Director, overseeing the organization’s direct legal services, impact litigation, and government affairs work.  Mr. Cahn was previously an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where his practice included antitrust investigations, counseling for mergers and acquisitions, and class action litigation.  Brought to CAIR-NY by his longstanding interest in Muslim-Jewish interfaith collaboration, Mr. Cahn works to build bridges between Muslim New Yorkers and allied faith groups

Mr. Cahn is a frequent commentator on civil rights matters, including appearances on the CBS Evening News, ABC News, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many New York TV and radio programs. Mr. Cahn has also been widely quoted on civil rights and criminal law issues, including stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and others.  Mr. Cahn has also published opinion pieces on a variety of topics in Newsweek, the Daily News, Just Security, and other publications.

In addition to his work at CAIR-NY, Mr. Cahn serves on the Immigrant Leaders Council of the New York Immigration Coalition. Mr. Cahn is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Cahn received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law & Policy Review), and his B.A. in Politics and Philosophy from Brandeis University. 


Nivia Martinez

Operations coordinator

Nivia Martinez has been a supporter of CAIR-NY for years.  After first joining CAIR-NY as a volunteer, she became our office’s Operations Coordinator in 2016. Nivia’s work involves donor management, financial management, volunteer coordination, and human resources.  Nivia brings extensive experience in information technology to CAIR-NY, but, most importantly, she brings a commitment to our mission and continued growth.

Current Interns:

Isabel G Cifarelli

Legal Services Intern