Professor and Human Rights Specialist, City University of New York
Asha A. Samad is a human rights specialist based in New York City. Professor Samad has taught Violations of Human Rights and Violations of Women’s Human Rights (alternatively); Immigrant and Refugee Movements and Issues; and Islamic Cultures and Issues at The City University of New York for over two decades. She has also served as Director of The Human Rights Center and Executive Director of SAFRAD-Somali Association. Her publications are on Islamic Migration Issues, Refugee Situation, and Female Genital Mutilation. She has also directed FCIRSI-The Female Circumcision Research Support and Information Institute for fourteen years. Professor Samad speaks annually at International and N. American conferences, seminars and media on Islamic, immigration, and women’s topics related to Africa and The Middle East. She has lectured at universities in Africa, Cuba and South Asia.