Afaf Nasher, esq

executive Director

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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.


Ahmed mohamed, ESQ

LITIGATION DIRECTOR

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Prior to joining CAIR-NY as litigation director, Ahmed Mohamed was a trial attorney for the CAIR National office in Washington D.C where he focused on combating religious discrimination and profiling, including the government’s surveillance practices that unfairly and illegally target American Muslims. His work included litigating the broadest ever legal challenge to the government’s unconstitutional “watch list” and challenging President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim Bans. Ahmed also led a series of prisoners’ rights, employment discrimination, First Amendment, and school bullying cases. He also traveled the country educating American Muslims about their rights and represented dozens of individuals profiled by law enforcement.

Before joining CAIR, Ahmed was a litigation associate for a large firm and handled complex matters ranging from multi-million-dollar insurance recovery cases to securities fraud, bankruptcy, and estate litigation.

Ahmed earned his J.D./C.L., magna cum laude, and Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University Law Center. There he became committed to public interest work after helping an undocumented immigrant win against deportation. Additionally, Ahmed's own Yemeni American identity has cultivated a profound sense of duty to defend his community and ensure other immigrants have the same opportunity to contribute to America.


Muhammad sattaur

outreach coodinator

Muhammad Sattaur

Muhammad Sattaur, the proud 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 re-committed himself to the service of Islam and Sacred Knowledge and moved to Cairo, Egypt, along with his wife, where they completed a certificate in Arabic studies alongside private Islamic studies. He is a founder of the Imam Ghazali Institute and Lead Project Director for publishing historically important Arabic texts into English. Thousands of students have taken in-person classes through the global efforts of the Imam Ghazali Institute. For the last fourteen years, Muhammad has served as a Hajj guide and coordinator — nearly 10,000 pilgrims have performed Hajj under his mentorship. His Hajj and Umrah guide, "Journey to Makkah" has been utilized by thousands of American and British pilgrims. He remains an active leader in various masajid and community centers throughout the United States — with particular love for his hometown Masjid, Masjid Al Abidin — where his father served as Imam for over fourteen years.


Kay El-Moussaoui

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Kay graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors, majoring in Biopsychology Cognitive Neuroscience and Political Science.  She is currently an AmeriCorps Vista working at CAIR-NY. Kay moved here from Michigan to help immigrants and fight for justice. She is looking forward to applying to Law School in the near future. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for her friends and learning new languages. She is fluent in English and Arabic, and is currently learning Spanish.  


Adnan Rokadia

Operations coordinator

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.

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Princess Masilungan

Legal Fellow

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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.


Anna Ellison

Surveillance intern

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Anna is from Upstate New York but just recently moved to the city to join CAIR-NY. At the University of Richmond, Anna studied International Studies at the University of Richmond and became enamored with fighting inequity at home and abroad. Anna has worked as a teacher as well as at various non-profits. She is excited to begin her tenure at CAIR-NY as she believes deeply in their mission. In the fall, Anna will attend law school at George Washington to continue the fight against injustice.


NIGEENA Rahmanzai

LEGAL intern

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Nigeena is a small town soul who moved to the big city to pursue her passion of fighting injustice. Nigeena is a rising second year law student at CUNY School of Law. At CUNY, Nigeena worked on cases with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Through IRAP she organized a panel to bring awareness to the Muslim Ban and its impact on Syrian and Yemeni Americans in New York City. Nigeena is a member of the Muslim Law Student Association and will be the Co-President for 2019-2020. Alongside her peers in the Muslim Law Student Association, she organized an art show that focused on activism through art and raised funds for summer fellowships to assist Muslim law students pursuing careers in public interest.

Nigeena is excited and thankful for the opportunity to intern at CAIR-NY this summer. Having grown up in Omaha, Nebraska where the Muslim community was small and often targeted by islamophobia, Nigeena is eager to fight for the injustices Muslims face in their community, workplace and schools.