Afaf Nasher, Esq.

Executive Director

Key Topics: Islamophobia, civil rights/discrimination against Muslims in schools (bullying), the workplace (employment discrimination), public venues (hate crimes), and in government (policies unconstitutionally targeting Muslims), Know Your Rights workshops (varied)

Bio: 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.

Selected Speaking Experience

Columbia University, Manhattan College, LIU Post, Queens College, St. John's University, NYC Bar Association, religious institutions (masjids/churches), NYC Queens Library, International Empire Mock Trial