I am a native of Mauritania, and grew up in Libya and Syria, traveling extensively through the Middle East, before coming to the US as a refugee in 2000. A few days after the September 11 attacks, I was falsely detained by the FBI because of my ethnic appearance.
I have been a long-time activist in the struggle to end slavery in my homeland, I have also organized conferences for young activists across the Middle East; published in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Baltimore Sun; appeared on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and Radio Liberty; and testified to Congress’ Human Rights Caucus. Fluent in five languages, I have lectured at the US Institute of Peace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and diverse interfaith settings
Currently, I am the Outreach Director with American Islamic Congress (AIC) and working on the Hands Across the Middle East Support Alliance initiative (HAMSA) and also am chair of AIC’s New England Council.