Our People

Board of Directors

Jamil Abdullah. Director. 

Bio coming soon 

Aziza Ahmed. Director. 

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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rizwanul Huda. 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. Director and MJL Co-Founder. 

Nancy A. Khalil is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Harvard University. Her current 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 transatlantic comparative project on the effects of securitization on minority populations.  Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College and Advisor to their Multi-faith Living and Learning Community. Nancy has served on a number of non-profit boards and is a regular public speaker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stephanie Marzouk. President, Director and MJL Co-Founder. 

Bio coming soon

Charu Verma. Director.

Bio coming soon


Staff

  

Shannon Al-Wakeel. Executive Director and MJL Co-founder.  

Shannon was one of four Muslim women who founded MJL after federal announcements of a “countering violent extremism” program in Boston.  An attorney and printmaker, Shannon received her B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Prior to MJL, Shannon worked with Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and later Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, where her advocacy contributed to advances in immigrant access to education and health care and safeguards against unconstitutional deportation programs, as well as defeat of scores of anti-immigrant legislative proposals.  Shannon previously served as president of the Board of Directors of the New England Muslim Bar Association and, following the Boston Marathon bombing, provided “Know Your Rights” education and government relations assistance to Massachusetts mosques in response to increased targeting of local Muslim communities. Outside MJL, Shannon serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Elizabeth Dann. Organizer and MJL Co-founder.

   Elizabeth is a co-founder of the Muslim Justice League.  She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Amherst             College.  She is a former Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College CIRCLE Fellow and Entry Into Practice Fellow at Legal Aid’s                  criminal defense practice in Queens, NY.  Prior to attending Georgetown, Elizabeth worked as a community organizer and interfaith educator.


Advisory Board

 

Ayesha Kazmi. Ayesha Kazmi volunteers her time and expertise as a Community Education Advisor to the Muslim Justice League. Ayesha gained her expertise on Muslim civil rights issues under the War on Terror previously working as a researcher and analyst for CAGE, UK and has written various articles including reports on British stop and search laws and cyberterrorism. She also currently serves as a fellow at MuslimARC (http://www.muslimarc.org), committed to combating racism and promoting racial justice within American Muslim communities.Ayesha previously worked as an editor at London based Emel Magazine and was a regular contributor there. Ayesha’s research and expertise has featured in many outlets such as The Guardian, the BCC and the New York Review of Books. In her spare time, Ayesha is an avid blogger and works as a personal trainer at her local gym training clients as well as teaching group exercise classes, such as spin.

Sarah R. Wunsch. Sarah R. Wunsch is Deputy Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) of Massachusetts and has been a staff lawyer there for 25 years. Sarah is responsible for litigation in areas such as freedom of speech, reproductive rights, police misconduct, discrimination, drug policy, and freedom of religion/separation of government and religion. Prior to her work at the ACLU, Sarah was an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, the Executive Director for the Cambridge Human Rights Commission and a staff lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights and for two labor unions. She received her J.D. from Rutgers (Newark) School of Law, a Master’s in Education from Columbia University, and a B.A. in government from Cornell University. She was a junior high school social studies teacher for several years in Irvington, New York.