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Albert Fox Cahn, Esq. - Executive Director

Albert Fox Cahn is S.T.O.P.’s founder and executive director. Mr. Cahn previously served as Legal Director for a statewide civil rights organization and as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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Liz O’Sullivan - Technology Director

Liz O'Sullivan is S.T.O.P.’s technology director. She’s also co-founder and vice president of commercial operations at an AI explainability startup that's currently in stealth mode.

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Rachel Graham Kagan - Interim policy director


Dimitri Vallejo - Legal Services Intern

Dimitri is a 4th-year undergraduate double-majoring in Political Science and History at Columbia University. He is interested in international relations, law, and computer science. In addition to Dimitri’s internship with S.T.O.P., he is actively consulting for the social bidding startup Quibbl and launching the only undergraduate think tank on Columbia’s campus.


Nazmun Tarafdar - Non-profit development Intern

Nazmun Tarafdar is a Bangladeshi-American completing her fourth and final year at St. John's University. While pursuing a degree as a Health and Human Services major, Nazmun also serves as the Secretary of the Muslim Student Association on campus, and works within a non-profit TRIO program at John Adams High School known as Upward Bound. 


Jean Yunquin Cai - Civil Rights Intern

Jean Yunqin Cai is a 3L at Columbia Law School, and serves as a submission editor at Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Her previous legal internship experience is related to hate speech, immigration, and environmental justice. Before the law school, Jean earned her B.A. in the Univerisity of Hong Kong, majoring in Economics and Finance. 


Zachary Silver - Civil Rights Intern

Zachary Silver is 3L at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and is currently the Head Editor for de novo, the online companion of the Cardozo Law Review, and the president of the Cardozo Data Law Society. Before enrolling in law school, he worked for nearly a decade in the information technology industry, primarily in roles relating to privacy and cybersecurity.




Aparna Anantharaman, Esq. - Board Secretary

Aparna Anantharaman, Esq. is a Civil and Commercial Litigator with over a dozen favorable verdicts over the course of her career.

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Nigar Shaikh, Esq. - Board President

Nigar Shaikh is a Senior Complex Commercial Litigation Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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sAMI rASHID, Esq. - Board OF DIRECTORS Member

Sami H. Rashid is a partner in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP ‘s New York office. 

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Ángel Díaz, Esq. - Community Advisory Board member

Ángel Díaz is Counsel to the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.

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Cynthia Conti-Cook, esq. - Community Advisory Board member

Cynthia Conti-Cook is a staff attorney at the New York City’s Legal Aid Society.

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DANIELLE BLUNT - Community Advisory Board member

Danielle Blunt is a founding member of Hacking//Hustling, formed in response to SESTA-FOSTA.

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Derek Perkinson - Community Advisory Board Member   Derek Perkinson joined the National Action Network as the NYC Field Director,  in 2018.    Read More.

Derek Perkinson - Community Advisory Board Member

Derek Perkinson joined the National Action Network as the NYC Field Director,
in 2018.

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Prof. Jasmine McNealy - Community Advisory Board member

Professor McNealy is an assistant professor in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications.

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Jerome Greco, esq. - Community Advisory Board member

Jerome D. Greco is a public defender in the Digital Forensics Unit of the Legal Aid Society in New York City.

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KUJEGI CAMARA - Community Advisory Board member

Kujegi Camara is the Muslim Community Network’s Community Education & Interfaith Program Coordinator

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Kate Zen - Community Advisory Board member

Kate Zen is a software developer and community organizer. She is a co-founder of Red Canary Song and a coalition member of DecrimNY.

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Murad Awawdeh - Community Advisory Board member

Murad Awawdeh is the New York Immigration Coalition's Vice President of Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition.

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MUTALE NKONDE - Community Advisory Board member

Mutale Nkonde is the Founder/Executive Director of AI For the People and a 2019/2020 fellow at the Berkman Klein Center of Internet and Society at Harvard University.  

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Saye Joseph - Community Advisory Board member

Saye works as Policy and Advocacy Manager at Black Youth Project (BYP) 100.

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Rama Issa-Ibrahim - Community Advisory Board member

Rama Issa-Ibrahim is a Syrian American activist, community organizer and the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of NY.

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Reem Ramadan - Community Advisory Board member

Reem Ramadan was born and raised in Bahrain and is currently the Lead Organizer at the Arab American Association of New York.

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Ayyan Zubair - Civil Rights Intern (Summer 2019)

Ayyan Zubair is a rising 2L at the University of Calfornia, Berkeley School of Law. A native New Yorker, Ayyan studied Economics at Stony Brook University, where he served as the Undergraduate Student Government President. Ayyan can most often be found reading the New York Times and listening to hip-hop music.


Adam Tang - Communications intern (Summer 2019)

Representing the newest generation of public relations practitioners, Adam Tang is a rising senior at Boston University. His expertise includes graphic design, content developing, and social media outreach. He has helped technology, healthcare, and investment companies gain more sales, brand awareness, and audiences. He is aspiring to be a PR professional in healthcare or non-profit sector in the future. 

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James Blum - Civil Rights Intern (Summer 2019)

James Blum is a rising 3L at New York University School of Law. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Blum returned to New York after completing his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He previously served as a Summer Research Fellow at the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law and continues his work as a Research Assistant for two NYU professors focusing on legal history.