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 currently serves as CAIR–NY’s Legal Director.  Mr. Cahn previously worked as an associate in the Antitrust/Competition practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where his work included antitrust counseling for mergers and acquisitions, criminal and civil investigations by the US Department of Justice, and class action litigation.   He has a longstanding interest in promoting interfaith collaboration, particularly between the Muslim and Jewish communities.
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.




Outreach and volunteer coordinator

Marium Khawaja currently serves as CAIR–NY’s Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator.  Ms. Khawaja’s longstanding interest in civil rights activism traces back to her upbringing in the Muslim community.  She has worked with a variety of progressive organizations in New York, Massachusetts, and Lahore, Pakistan.

Ms. Khawaja received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School and her LL.B. from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan’s top university.  During her time in law school, Ms. Khawaja served on the Harvard Human Rights Journal and was Director of Community Service for the Harvard Law School Student Government. She has published several articles, including works on preventative detention and international arbitration. Her academic work focused on the intersection of poverty, gender, and race in labor and human rights law.  Ms. Khawaja hopes to be able to utilize her training and education to give back to the community and foster greater awareness on issues of oppression and intersectionality.


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 bring extensive experience in information technology to CAIR-NY, but, most importantly, she brings a commitment to our mission and continued growth.

Current Interns:


sTEVEN DemaresT

Civil Rights Intern

Mr. Demarest serves as a Civil Rights Intern at CAIR-NY. He has previously worked with various progressive organizations in Washington, D.C. and New York. Mr. Demarest is currently a J.D. candidate at New York University School of Law and received his B.A. in Political Science at American University. Following graduation, he hopes to work on civil rights-centered impact litigation.

Miko Zeldes-Roth

Legal Services Intern

Miko Zeldes-Roth is a Legal Intern at CAIR-NY. He previously served as an intern in the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Barack Obama, and has also been involved with Israeli/Palestinian coexistence efforts both in the Middle East and the United States. Miko is a rising senior at Carleton College in Minnesota, where he is studying Political Science and Middle East Studies.