Co-director, Peaceful Families Project
Maha B. Alkhateeb is the co-director of the Peaceful Families Project (PFP), a national organization committed to ending domestic violence among Muslim families through education, training, research, and resource development. She is a domestic violence advocate, writer, and photographer dedicated to human rights advocacy through community building and artistic expression. Ms. Alkhateeb engages Muslim leaders and communities to raise awareness and develop services for the prevention and intervention of domestic violence. She also collaborates with mainstream and interfaith organizations and service professionals to provide culturally sensitive programming for their Muslim clientele. Ms. Alkhateeb co-edited Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities, and conducts research on domestic violence among Muslims by exploring the experiences of families and communities. Recent projects she has spearheaded include launching the first grassroots video campaign against domestic violence, and a national study of the role of religion among Muslim women survivors. Prior to her work with PFP, Ms. Alkhateeb conducted research at Catholic University as the Muslim researcher for a multi-faith Pew Charitable Trusts study focusing upon the interconnection of religious institutions and civic incorporation among new immigrants. Ms. Alkhateeb holds a B.A. in English Literature from George Mason University and an M.A. in Sociology from George Washington University.