BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jamil Abdullah is an engineer by day and the Founder and C.E.O. of Hocus Focus Films (HFF, a film and photography business he started in 2013) by night and weekend. He is also on the Board of Boston Muslim Young Professionals (BMYP), an organization created as a resource for the post-college aged professional (local and transient). His passion is where these three endeavors intersect - creating positive media content, helping to create a resiliency within the identity of each individual member of BMYP, and finally the policy advocacy taken on by MJL.
Aziza Ahmed is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. She is an internationally renowned expert in health law, criminal law and human rights. Her scholarship examines the role of science and activism in shaping global and national law and policy with a focus on criminal laws that impact health. Prior to joining the School of Law, Professor Ahmed was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health Program on International Health and Human Rights. She came to that position after a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). Professor Ahmed has also consulted with various United Nations agencies and international and domestic non-governmental organizations as well as served on numerous expert bodies and advisory groups to various UN and other domestic institutions.
Quesiyah S. Ali
Clerk and Director
Quesiyah S. Ali has served as an in-house attorney with the Massachusetts Teachers Association since 2010. Prior to that, she practiced criminal defense and employment law in Worcester, worked as a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, and clerked for the Superior Court of Massachusetts. She has served on the boards of Alhuda Academy and the New England Muslim Bar Association, and has both organized and presented "Know Your Rights" seminars to Muslim communities in Central and Western Massachusetts, as well as provided legal counsel to local Muslims approached by the FBI. Quesiyah is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and Wellesley College.
Treasurer and Director
Rizwanul Huda is a former finance professional who decided to become civil rights attorney to advocate for marginalized populations. He practices anti-discrimination and immigration law. He is on both a Public Defender's panel of trial attorneys who represent children who require assistance in Juvenile Court as well as a panel of appellate attorneys who appeal children custody cases. He has presented "Know Your Rights" seminar at several community events that focus on workers' and immigrants' rights. In 2011, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination awarded him the distinguished George Napolitano Fellowship. Rizwanul is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the New England Muslim Bar Association. He is a former Board Member and Treasurer of Bridge Over Trouble Waters, a non-profit who provide services for homeless youths.
Nancy A. Khalil
Co-Founder and Director
Nancy A. Khalil completed her PhD in Anthropology at Harvard University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale's Center on Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration. Her research focuses on the politics of American Islam with an emphasis on the profession of the Imam in America. Other research projects she has worked on include: research on migrant and second generation political and civic engagement; Muslim students on U.S. college campuses; as well as a large project specific to the Muslim community in Boston. Her academic work has been supported by several foundations, including the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Bucerius Zeit-Stiftung, MSA National, IIIT, and the Islamic Scholarship Fund. She has a particular interest in building bridges between activism and academia. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College and Advisor to their Multi-faith Living and Learning Community. She is a board member of Islamic Relief USA and will soon begin as an Assistant Professor in the department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
President, Director, and Co-Founder
Stephanie Marzouk is an attorney focusing on immigration and criminal law in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is board president and a cofounder of the Muslim Justice League, and an active member of the Boston Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, University of Minnesota, and Louisiana State University.
Charu A. Verma is an attorney focusing on criminal law. Since 2012, she has worked as a full time staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Middlesex County. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Massachusetts, and is on the Criminal Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She received a BA and MA from the University of Washington, and her J.D. from Suffolk Law School.