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Team

Abanti Ahmed

Abanti Ahmed is an intern at DAWN. She is a senior at Boston College studying economics and international studies.

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Lily Manukyan

Lily Manukyan is an intern at DAWN. An English Literature graduate from University College London, Lily is currently an MA Law candidate at London's University of Law. 

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Josh Paul

Josh Paul resigned from the State Department in October, 2023 due to his disagreement with the Biden administration's decision to rush lethal military assistance to Israel in the context of its war on Gaza.

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Sueda Polat

Sueda Polat is an intern at DAWN. Sueda is a Human Rights M.A. candidate at Columbia University.

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Alejandra Uchitelle

Ale Uchitelle is a legal intern at DAWN. A law student at Saint Louis University, she is a founding member of SLU's National Lawyers Guild student chapter.

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BOARD MEMBERS

Sahar Aziz

Sahar Aziz is Professor of Law, Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar, and the Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School.

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Mongi Dhaouadi

Mongi Dhaouadi was born and raised in Tunisia and moved to the US when he was 19 years old to study Electrical Engineering.

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Michele Alexander

Michele Alexander is a long-standing nonprofit executive with more than 25 years of executive management experience.

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Reed Brody

Reed Brody is an American lawyer with decades of experience in international litigation and advocacy.

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Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition for her non-violent struggle for democracy and her advocacy for women's rights in Yemen.

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Nihad Awad

Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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"Democracy remains the most effective way to tackle terror, stop bloodshed and political violence in Arab countries."

- JAMAL KHASHOGGI, Al-Arabiya, June 12, 2016

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