CAIR - Chicago
As of December 27, 2017;
- Dr. Muhammad Mazen Kudaimi - chairman
- Christina Abraham - vice chairman
- Dr. Aisha El-Amin - secretary
- Ahlam Jbara - board member
- Dr. Hesham Hassaballa - board member
- Suzanne Sahloul - board member
- Ahmed Rehab - non voting board member
As of December 27, 2017;
- Ahmed Rehab is CAIR - Chicago’s Executive Director
- Sufyan Sohel is CAIR - Chicago’s Deputy Director & Counsel
- Phil Robertson - Litigation Director
- Hoda Katebi - Communications Coordinator
- Gerald Hankerson - Outreach Coordinator
- Tsedenya Bizani - Operations Manager
- Tauseef Akbar - Research Director
Auxillary staff members
- Zach Taylor - Aizik Wolf Fellow
- Fatima Ahmed - Operations Coordinator
- Layne Hillesland - Communications Coordinator
- Renner Larson - Communications Director
- Rabya Khan - Staff Attorney
- Kevin Vodak - Litigation Director
- Mohamed Abdelati - Finance Manager
- Alaa Abdelati - Office Coordinator
- Hanaa Kaloti - PILI Fellow
- Hind Makki - Sensitivity Trainer
- Austin Huette - Communications Coordinator
- Josh Tikka - Communications Coordinator
- Adham Sahloul - Youth Development Fellow
- Nour Zein - Youth Development Fellow
- Agnieszka Karoluk - Senior Communications Coordinator
- Milos Markicevic - Office Coordinator
- Feras Alkhouri - IT Consultant
- Maryam Arain - Senior Communications Coordinator
- Noor Salahuddin - Office Coordinator
- Yaser Tabbara - an attorney by profession, served as the executive director of CAIR - Chicago until 2006
- Maaria Mozaffar - Legal Advisor
- Sultan Muhammad - Communications Coordinator
- Haady Taslim - Mommunity Organizer
- Amal Khan - Operations Coordinator
- Heena Musabji - Staff Attorney.
- Rima Kapitan - Staff Attorney
- Tawfiq Ali - Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow.
- Bitta Mostofi - Staff Attorney
- Shahzeen Karim - Interim Government Affairs Coordinator.
- Amir Siddiqui - Youth Coordinator
- Tricia Kemling - Staff Attorney
- Elisa Jillson - PILI Fellow
- Munsoor Hussain - PILI Fellow
- Sadiya Ahmed - Governmental Relations Coordinator
- Daniah Elharezi - Operations Coordinator
- Aymen Abdel Halim - Communications Coordinator
- Reem Rahman - Communications Coordinator
- Islaam Rahim - Administrative Assistant.
- Mokaram Rauf - Youth Coordinator
- Ian Bushner - Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow.
- Dina Rehab - Development Coordinator
- Reema Ahmad - Governmental Affairss Coordinator
- Azam Azeem - Operations Coordinator
- Veronica Zapata - Cultural Sensitivity Speaker
- Ahmed Nofal - Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow
- Ali Malik - New Americans Democracy Project Fellow
- Ryan Yusuf Hilliard - Development Coordinator
- Hiba Hammadi - Operations Coordinator.
- Lyndsey Stemm - Communications Coordinator
- Amina Sharif - Communications Coordinator
- Christina Abraham - Civil Rights Director
- Ibrahim Al-Hajiby - James S. Kemper Scholar
- Ambreen Zuberi - Communications Coordinator
2018 Women's March
CAIR - Chicago’s communications coordinators Saadia Pervaiz and Asha Binbek were marching alongside over 300,000 allies at Women’s March Chicago 2018 this past Saturday. Asha, a Chicago-native, gave a morale-boosting speech at the beginning of the event, throwing the crowd into uproarious cheer.
“If you want change, make it,” Binbek called out to the crowd on the chilly Saturday morning, “show the world how powerful women really are.”
DREAM Act meeting
On Friday, February 14 2014 CAIR - Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez for an update on the effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation in Congress at Casa Michoacan in Pilsen. Senator Durbin is the author of the DREAM Act and a member of the bipartisan group which negotiated and passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate last year. Representative Gutierrez is a lead negotiator in the House of Representative’s ongoing discussions surrounding immigration reform. Rep Gutierrez was also a speaker at CAIR - Chicago’s 8th annual banquet in 2012.
Community leaders in attendance at the meeting included Joshua Hoyt of National Partnership for New Americans, ICIRR CEO Lawrence Benito, Sylvia Puente of Latino Policy Forum and Chicago restaurateur Billy Lawless, Sr. and many more.
- CAIR - Chicago has long identified immigration reform as one of its key advocacy issues for which we seek to bring a Muslim voice to the table as an integral part of our social justice agenda.
“Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism”
September 19, 2012, CAIR - Chicago hosted a public viewing of a Senate hearing entitled “Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism” – chaired by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin. The event was co-sponsored by the Asian American Institute, the Indian American Bar Association and the Muslim Bar Association.
A packed room of approximately 40 people attended the event, including:
Clarisol Duque – Chicago Director of Senator Durbin’s office Alderman Ameya Pawar of the 47th ward Ami Gandhi – Executive Director of the South Asian American Policy Research Institute (SAAPRI) Andy Kang – Senior Staff Attorney with the Asian American Institute Arnold J. Romeo – Director of the Advisory Council on EQUITY at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Betsy Shuman-Moore – Project Director of the Fair Housing Project and Project to Combat Bias Violence at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (CLCCUL) Reema Ahmad from the Asian American Institute Charna Epstein – Deputy Alderman and Chief-of-Staff for Ald. Pawar of the 47th ward Rishi Agrawal – President of the Indian American Bar Association of Chicago
The Senate hearing was held to examine the upswing in hate crimes and the growing number of hate groups in the United States. The Sikh Coalition led the effort in proposing the hearing at the request of over 150 civil rights and advocacy organizations. The hearing included witness testimony from the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), among others.
Many of the statements made referenced recent attacks on the Muslim, Sikh, Latino, and African-American communities, including the shootings of Sikh men and women at a Gurdwara in Wisconsin, and the string of attacks on the Chicago Muslim community during the last week of Ramadan this past year.
One of the more revealing statements made during the hearing was that the majority of terrorist attacks in the U.S. came from right-wing extremists, according to expert testimonials.