Educate - Advocate - Publish
The Aafia Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-political, organization dedicated to advancing human rights through education and advocacy. Specifically, we seek to accomplish the following:
Educate the public on the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution and by established international human rights law.
Advocate for human and civil rights and for the release of wrongfully incarcerated people.
Publish thought provoking content in print and digital to provide public awareness.
Our emphasis will be on empowering individuals to become agents for the defense of justice and positive, transformative social change.
What We Do
We will target our message to individual citizens, civic organizations, religious institutions, government leaders, and relevant non-governmental organizations. The instruments of our methodology will include the following:
Educational forums organized in the various sectors of society;
Nonpartisan studies, research and analysis;
Social media outreach;
Publishing educational materials on issues of public policy;
Broadcasting by Internet, radio and television;
“First Amendment” activities such as protests in public forums.
At the core of our multifaceted education and advocacy programs will be the message that true peace, for the individual and society, can only come through justice. We envision a world in which the universally recognized human rights accorded to every human being at the time of birth by our Creator, are both the law and common practice of every land, God willing.
Board of Directors
Ayman Nassar, Chairman
Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Aafia Foundation, and Chief of Research, Academics and Programs and founder at Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA). Former board member at American Muslim Senior Society (AMSS), Dar Al-Taqwa (DAT) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Maryland Chapter.
Hajj Mauri Salaakhan, Founder, Executive Director and Board Member
El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan is a Metro-Washington, DC-based human rights advocate. He is Founding President, and serves as Director of Operations for The Aafia Foundation, Inc.
Mayesha Awal, Board Member & Secretary
Mayesha Awal is based on Chicago, IL and works as a Life Sciences Consultant. She serves as the Secretary for The Aafia Foundation, Inc.