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Civil Rights Intern - Summer '08

Kenya N. McCarter is a Law Clerk at CAIR -Chicago and also serves as a Law Clerk for the 16th Judicial Circuit. He is a student at Northern Illinois University where he is the school representative for the Illinois State Bar Association. Kenya is also a member of the National Black Law Student Association and the American Bar Association. Prior to attending law school, he served as a law enforcement official and he was enlisted in the United States Navy. He has a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration and his professional interests include intellectual property law, civil liberties, and corporate law.

Civil Rights Intern - Summer '08

Kevin P. Walsh is a summer Legal Intern with CAIR-Chicago. He currently attends DePaul Law School in Chicago where he is the Student-Faculty Representative for the Student Bar Association and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Kevin is from Colorado, but has also lived in both Ireland and Egypt. His experiences abroad have afforded him an understanding of Islamic culture, which he hopes to apply to the practice of international law. For now, he has chosen to apply his background to serving the Islamic community of Chicago by interning with CAIR-Chicago.

Civil Rights Intern - Summer '08

Kulsoom Naqvi is a Civil Rights Legal Intern at CAIR-Chicago. She graduated Cum Laude in 2007 from Northwestern University, receiving a BA and double majoring in Political Science and English with a sub-specialty in Writing (Fiction). Kulsoom is currently studying at New York University School of Law, where she actively pursues projects with Law Students for Human Rights. Kulsoom's professional interests include civil liberties, immigration and human rights; in her free time she enjoys writing and painting. Kulsoom chose to work at CAIR because of her interest in civil rights and in serving the Muslim community; so far, she's really enjoying it.

Civil Rights Intern - Summer '08

Mani Mostofi is a Law Clerk at CAIR-Illinois. He just finished his second year at Fordham Law School, in New York City, where he is a board member of the Immigrant Advocacy Project and a Crowley Scholar with the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. Additionally, Mani has taken part in Fordham's International Justice Clinic representing Guantanamo detainees. Prior to law school, Mani received a MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin where he researched media and democratization. Mani has also been a dedicated advocate of Palestinian human rights. In his personal life Mani enjoys to writing music, traveling, and watching the television program, Battlestar Galactica.

Civil Rights Intern - Summer '08

Nadia Abusumayah is a 2008 Summer Civil Rights Intern at CAIR-Chicago. She recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Governors State University. She also recently completed an internship with the States Attorney’s Office as a victim witness assistant coordinator. Nadia joined CAIR-Chicago to gain knowledge and experience in the law field. She plans on taking the LSAT and applying to law school in the near future. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, shopping and volunteering with community events. Nadia is excited to be working with CAIR as a Civil Rights Intern.

Civil Rights Intern - Summer '08

Umair Malik is a Law Clerk at CAIR-Chicago. In Fall '08, he will start his second year at Michigan State University College of Law. He is the co-founder of the Muslim Law Students Association at his law school. Umair earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, at Eastern Michigan University. His main interests of law are Civil Rights and Business. He pursued this position with CAIR- Chicago to help provide the proper remedies for the innocent people, who have faced religious and ethnic discrimination. His strongest personal interest is the National Basketball Association; especially the Detroit Pistons.

Outreach Intern - Summer '08

Mahvesh Jamil is a summer intern in the Outreach department at CAIR-Chicago. She is a recent graduate from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and as an honorary member of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology and hopes to acquire the essential skills necessary to apply in the human resources sector. She is very passionate and interested in helping the Muslim community in any way possible, which is what attracted her to CAIR. She is eager to share her professional and social savvy with CAIR-Chicago’s personnel, partners and supporters. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Communications Intern - Spring '08

Chamandeep Bains is a senior at DePaul University. Her major is Communications and she is perusing a minor in Creative Writing. With her Communications Internship at CAIR-Chicago, she looks forward to a bolstering her career in writing. Chamandeep believes social activism has a place in writing which can be brought forward by the writer’s responsibility. In the future she hopes to pursue an MFA in creative fiction.

Communications Intern - Summer '08

Helena P. Haas is a 20-year-old rising senior at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Having chosen a Communications Internship here at CAIR-Chicago she is excited to contribute her skills and interests in communications and photojournalism. For the past three years Helena participated in Division I field hockey at Cornell University but her interests have switched to pursuing her degree in communications. She finds interest in new media and photography while also having an outside concentration in history. Outside of school Helena enjoys the outdoors, traveling, participating in athletics, and swimming at her home in Wisconsin.

Communications Intern - Summer '08

Joe Lindahl is a senior at DePaul University pursuing a degree in Journalism. Hailing from Des Moines, Joe has joined CAIR-Chicago as a Communications Intern. With an open mind to a variety of career paths, Joe is excited about working with CAIR-Chicago this summer. Joe is a current staff writer for the DePaulia, and enjoys writing both feature and news stories. The idea of working with both online and print content has become a central interest for Joe. Also working at Lincoln Park Athletic Center as a child care provider, Joe has worked with children for over six years, from Los Angeles to Chicago. In his free time Joe can be found training for his first half marathon, or traveling. Joe is glad to be onboard with CAIR-Chicago.

Communications Intern - Summer '08

Lana Noweder is a summer Communications Intern at CAIR-Chicago. She has completed her junior year at Loyola University Chicago, where she is pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in political science. Lana has interest in politics, communications, religion, and civil liberties. She chose CAIR because of their commitment in protecting the civil rights of American Muslims. She is also passionate about the media’s portrayal of Muslims and Islam, and likes to help monitor the media for any inaccuracies or misconceptions. After she graduates, Lana plans on going to law school. Her professional interests include civil and immigration laws. In her spare time, Lana likes to read, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Communications Intern - Summer '08

Leena Saleh is a Communications Intern at CAIR-Chicago. Leena is Arising sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an English major eventually aiming to become a journalist. Her professional interests include race relations, portrayal of Muslims in the media, a preservation of civil rights, the Palestinian conflict, literature, cultural studies, and writing. Leena chose CAIR-Chicago because she believes in what they're accomplishing and wants to be a part of the process. Leena has lived in Chicago for most of her life, although she did spend two years in Jordan. In her free time, Leena enjoys painting, drawing, listening to music, and watching movies. Leena is thrilled to be working with CAIR-Chicago this summer.

Communications Intern - Spring '08

Luke Willson is a Winter/Spring Communications Intern at CAIR-Chicago. He is a graduate of DePaul University, with a degree in Communications and a minor in Religious Studies. Luke was born in Tokyo, Japan, and lived in New Delhi, India, for eleven years before coming to Chicago. At DePaul, he was a staff writer for the university newspaper. He is currently pursuing a career in Journalism. Luke was initially drawn to CAIR-Chicago because of his interest in religion and cultural exchange. The internship experience brought out a commitment to service and civil rights that will continue to impact his life.

Communications Intern - Summer '08

Mohammad Sagha is a Freshman at DePaul University where he plans to concentrate on Political Science, Finance/Economics, and Linguistics. He is involved in journalism and hopes to one day become a political commentator and/or scholar. Mohammad chose CAIR-Chicago because of his deeply personal beliefs in freedom, civil rights, liberty and the role of Muslims in the future of America. Mohammad loves to read, though it is Wikipedia much too often, and plays soccer whenever he gets the chance. He is fluent in Farsi and plans on learning Arabic soon.

Communications Intern - Summer '08

Nizamuddin Alavi is a summer Communications Intern at CAIR-Chicago. He is a senior journalism major and Biology minor at Loyola University Chicago. Nizam hopes to help the Muslim community at large and in the process develop skills that can be applied to his career in the future. His interests include everything from politics to technology, and occasionally the latest video game.

Communications Intern - Winter '07

Sandy Abdallah is a fall Communications Intern at CAIR-Chicago. Sandy holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She majored in English with a focus on cultural and media studies and minored in Communication. She chose to intern at CAIR-Chicago for their dedication to the American-Muslim community, professionalism, and media savvy. Sandy has been with CAIR-Chicago for about a year and is currently planning on using her experience with the organization towards building a career in writing and public relations. She hopes to expand her experiences and education through traveling.

Government Affairs Intern - Summer '07

Erum Ibrahim is a senior at DePaul University in Chicago, double-majoring in International Studies, with a concentration in Islamic World Studies, and Political Science. Erum has been involved in several organizations on campus, including serving on the Executive of Board of DePaul's MSA, UMMA, working on the Student Interfaith Council, serving as a Mentor to students in the Honors Program, and is the current President of DePaul Society for International Affairs - Model United Nations. Her community involvement includes a Fellowship with the Interfaith Youth Core, volunteering for the Inner-city Muslim Action Network through DePaul's UMMA, and aiding her local mosque in a variety of capacities. As a Government Relations intern with CAIR-Chicago this summer, Erum is excited about the opportunity to engage with the Muslim community in civic participation.

Government Affairs Intern - Summer '07

Gwendolyn Bowman is a political science and sociology major at North Central College in Naperville. She will be a senior next fall and hopes that her Government Relations Internship at CAIR-Chicago will help her discover what she wants to do with her life after graduation. Her interest with CAIR-Chicago was prompted by a course she took about women in Morocco and Iran where she learned about the way Islam is misunderstood by Americans. When she is not studying about politics and social inequalities, she enjoys playing in the North Central College band and flute choir.

Government Affairs Intern - Summer '07

Rachel Wilson will be entering her senior year at Northwestern University, majoring in Political Science and Religion with a minor in Environmental Policy and Culture. She also serves as an active and enthusiastic member in the student group Bridging the Gap, aimed at breaking down barriers and stereotypes in and outside of the Northwestern community. Rachel comes to CAIR-Chicago this summer as a Governmental Relations intern with the interest of understanding the intersection between religion and politics and what this relationship means for both people of faith and for those who do not count themselves apart of any religion.

Government Affairs Intern - Summer '07

Seth Winnie joins CAIR-Chicago as a policy research intern after completing his third undergraduate year at the University of Chicago. He is concentrating in political science and international studies. Though Seth does not know what he shall do after receiving his degree, he has an interest in the advancement of human rights and democratization. He runs cross country participates in track and field for the University of Chicago.

feature248 Muslim Man Wrongfully Terminated, CAIR-Chicago Attorney Settles Case
CAIR-Chicago | June.30.08

A man who was physically attacked after being singled out for his race and religion at work, took his case to court and successfully settled.

feature247 Al-Arian Indicted - Again
Washington Post | June.30.08

"There's growing evidence that the kangaroo prosecution of Professor Al-Arian in fact extends beyond the pursuit of justice and into the realm of vindictive political persecution," said Rehab.

  • New Haven Register: Some Muslims fret over Obama distancing himself from them
  • June 30, 2008

  • Washington Post: Former Professor Indicted In Muslim Charities Case
  • June 27, 2008

  • Religion News Service: 100 years later, Ahmadi Muslims face new challenges
  • June 27, 2008


  • CAIR-Chicago to Participate in New Americans' Democracy Day

    June 28, 2008

  • CAIR-Chicago Workshop at UNITY Journalists of Color National Convention

    July 26, 2008


Executive Director
Ahmed Rehab

Civil Rights Director
Christina Abraham

Senior Outreach Coordinator
Dina Rehab

Government Affairs Coordinator
Sadiya Ahmed

Operations Coordinator
Azam Azeem

Cultural Sensitivity Speaker
Veronica Zapata

Communications Coordinator
Reem Rahman

Staff Attorney
Tricia Kemling, Esq.

Outreach Coordinator
Gerald Hankerson

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Islaam Rahim

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Amir Siddiqui

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Alif Muhammad
Shahwar Syed, MD
Kimberly Newkirk
Emaad Hamwi
Khaled Taha
Ahmed Rehab
Hina Sodha, Esq.
Yaser Tabbara, Esq. - Secretary
Mazen Kudaimi, MD - Vice President
Safaa Zarzour, Esq. - President

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