Roula Allouch is the chair of CAIR’s national board. Previously, she served as president of CAIR’s Cincinnati chapter board from 2008 to 2013.
Roula is an attorney practicing in Ohio and Kentucky, where she focuses on employment law, insurance defense and general civil litigation. She is admitted to practice law in all state courts in Kentucky and Ohio and is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Ohio, and the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Southern District of Ohio.
Roula earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 2002, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of business administration in economics, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2006.
Roula is a member of the American, Kentucky, and Cincinnati Bar Associations. She serves as public service co-coordinator for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and is the Kentucky young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. [Taken from CAIR website]
An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women’s rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO “Women for Progress” in 2007. It manages a legal clinic and “one-stop shop” for legislative advocacy, domestic violence counselling, vocational training and other services. She was invited to speak at this year’s Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 28 October, which focuses on displaced women as leaders and survivors.
As Boston police Captain Haseeb Hosein, a former science teacher and a firm believer in the power of reading, assumes leadership in Mattapan as the department’s first Muslim captain, he plans to have his officers walking not only the streets, but school hallways.
“I want my guys to go into the schools and spend 30 minutes and read” with a child, said Hosein, 52, who received his captain’s shield Wednesday in a ceremony at police headquarters. “I hate that police officers are always the bad guy. We should be an asset.”
Lori Saroya is co-founder and executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the state’s only Muslim civil rights advocacy organization. Under Lori’s leadership, CAIR-MN has had incredible success. It was named a 2010 “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times and received the 2011 MN Council of Nonprofits Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award. Last year, CAIR-MN assisted over 400 individuals and was quoted in the media more than 115 times. Last month, CAIR-MN created an interfaith coalition and led the effort to remove an “anti-Sharia,” discriminatory bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate.
Lori is a board member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and previously served on the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Task Force, the Office of Justice Programs Conference Committee, and the Minnesota Alliance on Crime board of directors. Lori was recognized as a Facing Race Ambassador by the St. Paul Foundation, named to the Islamic Networks Group “Contemporary American Muslim Women” list and selected for MinnPost’s YPN5Q, which spotlights the state’s top young leaders. She received the Islamic Resource Group Community Leadership Award, the St. Catherine University Alumni Award, and the Hawkinson Peace and Justice Award. In her spare time, she teaches ESL to adult immigrants and volunteers with the Muslim Youth of Minnesota. Lori lives in Blaine with her husband and son.
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