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Atif Choudhury
Atif Choudhury is a first generation Bangladeshi-American who was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Atif graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University in Political Science and Medicine Health and Society.

From 2011 to 2012, Atif served in City Year Washington D.C as a tutor, mentor, and after-school program coordiator at Kelly Miller Middle School. Atif also served as both a City Year Corporate Sponsor Liaison, and Media Liaison.

Atif earned his J.D. from William and Mary Law School in May 2015, where he concentrated in international law, post-conflict transitional justice, and rule of law development. He is currently serving as a TetraTech DPK Global Law and Development Fellow where he is providing technical and operational support to justice sector projects in Timor-Leste. Atif ultimately intends to utilize his legal education in order to pursue an inter-disciplinary career within the fields of Transitional Justice, Human Rights, International Development, Governmental Transparency, National Security, and Foreign Policy.

Disclaimer: All sentiments and opinions expressed in any article solely reflect the author's personal views, and should not in any way be affiliated with any other individual, organization, institution, or entity.

Entries by Atif Choudhury

Bangladeshi-Americans Are Battling for "Bernie mama." Here's Why it Matters

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 3:28 PM

In October of last year, in true Bengali fashion I waxed poetic about Bernie's stunning display of genuine empathy and solidarity with the Muslim American and immigrant American community and made the argument that both his personality and policies made him deserving of these communities' support.


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Dear Mr. President: Thanks, But Visit the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Next

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 8:02 PM

Last Wednesday, President Obama visited an American mosque for the first time in his eight year Presidency. While POTUS has visited several prominent mosques and Muslim institutions around the world, his visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore was a historic moment for much of the...

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Human Rights and Justice for All: A 21st Century Foreign Policy Doctrine

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 3:03 AM

"Our government has failed to denounce the suppression of democracy. Our government has failed to denounce atrocities."

Thus began the opening lines of what would become the infamous "Blood Telegram" by the last US Consul General to East Pakistan, the late Archer Blood. On December 16 the people...

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Commemorating Timorese Independence and Meeting Xanana Gusmão: A Photo-essay

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:53 PM

I have only been in Timor-Leste for three months, yet it has been an unimaginably eventful time here. From attending three thrilling World Cup qualifying home matches to observing a series of events commemorating Timor-Leste's long, traumatic, and inspiring Independence struggle, I have been been able to experience...

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Saudi vs.Team Timor: Space Jam Soccer Edition

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 2:30 PM

For the last two months, I have had the life-changing opportunity to live and work in the beautiful nation of Timor-Leste. This has been especially exciting as an avid soccer fan. During my time here, there have been three home games for the World Cup Qualifying, and yesterday featured the...

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Why Bernie Deserves the Muslim-American Vote

(15) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 10:54 AM

October 28, 2015 is one of those dates that Muslim-Americans will never forget. At a town hall meeting at George Mason University, one of the attendees--a young Muslim-American student and aspiring international human rights attorney--expressed the anguish of an entire community:

"Being an American is such a strong part of...
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A Modest Proposal (For Hajj Accountability and Reform)

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Yesterday in sunny Dili, Timor-Leste, was the first time I have spent Eid abroad completely away from family and friends. Yet it was also the first time since my early childhood in Bangladesh that I experienced Eid as a national public holiday. Given Timor's painful history of Suharto-led Muslim Indonesia's...

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#IStandWithAhmed: Or When Islamophobia Jumped the Shark

(9) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 3:43 PM

A joint piece written with my dear friend and brother Tawhid Rahman, who is the new father of who will surely be the Bangladeshi-Messi™ (all interested clubs can get in contact with us on a strictly first)

Remember this date: September 15, 2015. That was the...

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Still the Beautiful Game: How Soccer Can Help Defeat ISIS

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:54 PM

Confession: It's been really hard studying for the bar exam.

Not just because it's a juggernaut of a professional licensing exam which serves as the legal profession's own Cyclops at the end of a grueling three-year long odyssey. Rather, it's been impossible to fully focus. I really should have...

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That Time a Famous Stranger Publicly Accused Me of Being a Terrorist -- and When My Mom Feared for My Life

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:44 PM

It's not every day a complete stranger publicly calls you a terrorist. A terrorist propagandist, to be precise. Nor is it every day that the stranger happens to actually be someone famous--or infamous depending on who you ask. And it's certainly not every day that you have to calm your...

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My Brother Abdul-Rahman Kassig: An Inspiration for All

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Nearly half a million people have perished in the seemingly never-ending mayhem in both Iraq and Syria. Both the Iraqi and Syrian peoples have witnessed widespread and systematic torture, rampaging death squads, devastating suicide bombings, indiscriminate shellings and bombings, and even the horrors of chemical warfare....

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The Salaam Games: Coming to a Stadium Near You!

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:15 AM

When the late Fred Rogers appeared before a senate hearing to defend PBS' funding, he articulated before some of the nation's most powerful political players his motivation for his famous program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood:

"I am constantly concerned about what our children are seeing on television."

One can...

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The 'Blame Both Sides' Syndrome and Other Hard Truths of the Palestinian Tragedy

(6) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:42 PM

"Culture of Hatred and Intolerance." "Extremists on both sides." "Tit for Tat." "Cycle of violence."

We have all heard these phrases used hundreds of times to describe various conflicts around the world. For one conflict in particular, they are invariably our media's go-to catchphrases to characterize a tragedy which...

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#FreeHappyIranians and Bassem Youssef's Forced Retirement: Turning Apathy into Activism for Freedom of Expression in the Muslim World

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 7:13 PM

As a practicing Muslim, I would just like to state a standard disclaimer routinely utilized by Muslim believers for any matters concerning discourse regarding our faith: Any falsehood I speak comes from me, while all truth comes from God's infinite wisdom.

The world is becoming more peaceful--or so...

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But Muslims Can't Be Happy -- That's Satanic Brah-ter!

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:07 AM

As a practicing Muslim, I would just like to state a standard disclaimer routinely utilized by Muslim believers for any matters concerning discourse regarding our faith: Any falsehood I speak comes from me, while all truth comes from God's infinite wisdom.

The Muslims are invading! Yes patriot-citizen, you read that...

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No Law Journal? No Problem

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 9:37 PM

It's that time of the year again. No, not those damned comprehensive exams worth one billion percent of your final grade -- although of course that battle is very much raging as well. No, I am speaking of the 40,000 plus rising 2L law students around the country...

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Confessions of a Former Muslim Students Association Board Member

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:30 PM

It is with much regret and sorrow to my fellow brothers and sisters serving in Muslim Students Associations (MSAs) around the nation that I must declare: The gig is up. We must come clean. Therefore on behalf of myself and my fellow accomplices and co-conspirators, the following heartfelt apology extends...

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Send a Picture, Save the World: Why International Solidarity Matters

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 7:15 PM

April 26, 2012, was a date that shocked the conscience of not only an entire nation, but the world. On that fateful day, Cambodian military police shot to death environmental activist Chut Wutty. At the time of his death, Wutty was escorting two local journalists to a protected...

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Bangladesh: Baptism By Fire

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:02 PM

The image is still seared in my mind. A brutalized and dazed young man, barely able to sit down on the mud-caked road; his devastated father helplessly squatting next to him. His clothes had either been burned off or removed, and his entire body was blanketed with fresh...

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Syria's Tragedy Could One Day Be Our Own

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:24 PM

In a period of only two years, over 110,000 have perished and over six million have been displaced from their homes. And on one horrific night on August 21, over 1,000 civilians -- including hundreds of children -- were gassed to death .

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