Afaf Nasher, esq
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
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.
Mr. Cahn has lectured about civil rights at numerous law schools and colleges. His past presentations include talks at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, Barnard College, City College of New York, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Dartmouth College, Kingsborough Community College, Manhattanville College, and The New School.
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.
Zeba Fazli has served as CAIR-NY's Development Coordinator since 2017. Her work includes everything from donor management, to grant-writing, to event planning, and general oversight of CAIR-NY's fundraising plans and strategies. A New Jersey native, Miss Fazli received her M.A. in South Asian Studies from Columbia University, where she studied the making of Muslim identity and culture in modern South Asia, and also served as a Research Assistant working on media and politics. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in History from New York University.
Adnan Rokadia joined CAIR-NY as Operations Coordinator in 2018. Adnan's work involves donor management, financial management, volunteer coordination, and human resources. Adnan is committed to the CAIR-NY mission.
Muhammad Sattaur, the son of Guyanese immigrants, was raised in Queens, New York. He currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for CAIR-NY. Muhammad graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a BS in Psychology. After graduation he moved to Cairo, Egypt, where he completed a certificate in Arabic studies. Prior to joining the CAIR-NY team, he served with the Imam Ghazali Institute in various capacities. Under his leadership, the Imam Ghazali Institute expanded to over seven countries along with the publication of historically important Arabic texts into English. For the last thirteen years, Muhammad has served as a Hajj guide and coordinator with Sara International Travel - nearly 10,000 pilgrims have performed Hajj under his leadership. His Hajj and Umrah guide, "Journey to Makkah" has been utilized by thousands of American and British pilgrims. He is very active in various mosques and community centers throughout the United States.
Originally from bright and sunny Los Angeles, Princess made her way to the East Coast and earned her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law in June 2018. While in law school, she served as an Ella Baker summer intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she focused on prisoners’ rights and police accountability. She also worked as a student attorney in both the Community Economic Development Clinic at CUNY Law, which helps individuals and groups create sustainable worker-owned cooperatives, and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) Project, which works with Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities in New York City affected by “national security” policies and practices. Her time with CLEAR particularly impressed on her the need for holistic advocacy on behalf of the clients and communities with which we work, including both direct services and movement-building.
Outside of her work with CAIR, Princess serves as an advocate with the National Lawyer’s Guild Parole Preparation Project, which prepares people serving long-term indeterminate sentences behind bars for upcoming parole hearings.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Thaiyeba recently graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Baruch. There, she majored in Biological Sciences and Communications Studies. Prior to joining CAIR-NY, Thaiyeba worked on an independent research project at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine studying the effects of second tier NSAIDs. She also worked with a small marketing company based in downtown Manhattan where she served as their marketing assistant. In addition to her current work at CAIR-NY, Thaiyeba also works with a digital marketing agency, Digital Natives Group, where she supports their marketing team on short and long-term projects. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two nieces and three nephews where she’s learned valuable skills like teamwork and sharing.
OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT intern
Salik Sohani, a Tennessee native, came to New York City four years ago to study at New York University. He recently graduated with a B.S. in Professional Studies, concentrating in Education and English. Before joining CAIR-NY, he worked with Hands4Others to raise critical funds and create greater awareness surrounding the Syrian Refugee Crisis. He also worked with the Tennessee State Collaborative on Education to help execute events and programs. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports, writing, and spending time with his twin brother and family.