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Farhana Khera
Farhana Khera [pronounced: FAR-HAH-nah CARE-ah] is the president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to promoting freedom, justice and equality for all, regardless of faith. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates in 2005, Ms. Khera was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution. She worked for six years for Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI), the Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee, where she advised the Senator on civil rights and civil liberties, including the USA PATRIOT Act, racial and religious profiling, and other issues raised by the government’s anti-terrorism policies since September 11, 2001.

Prior to the Senate, Ms. Khera was an associate with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, LLP, and the law firm of Ross, Dixon & Masback, LLP, where her work as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

In 2008, Ms. Khera was honored by the Auburn Theological Seminary with its Lives of Commitment Award, along with former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The Minority Bar Coalition of San Francisco awarded Ms. Khera with its Unity Award in 2008. She has also been recognized by Islamica Magazine as one of “10 Young Muslim Visionaries,” for leadership, innovative approaches and “a level of success that bodes well for America.”

Ms. Khera received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. In 2009, she completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Areas of Expertise: Civil rights/American Muslim’s civil rights; racial & religious profiling of American Muslims; American Muslim charities; federal policies governing charitable giving and national security as they affect American Muslims.

For Interview Requests: John Showalter, Communications Director, Muslim Advocates, 415.692.1512 office; cell 415.336.1868.

Entries by Farhana Khera

Rep. Peter King Is Wrong: Spying Based on Faith Fails to Keep Our Communities Safe

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 2:49 PM

Rep. Peter King responded to last Wednesday's tragic events in Paris, where journalists, bystanders and police officers were killed at the offices of the publication Charlie Hebdo, by urging the New York Police Department to reintroduce -- or more accurately, continue -- flawed practices of spying on American Muslims. But...

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No Exceptions for Racial Profiling

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:33 PM

The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other unarmed African American men by police officers have sparked a much-needed national conversation on the urgent need to address biased policing. As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to step down, he is determined to make civil rights enforcement and criminal...

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Thank You, Ben Affleck

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Last week, Ben Affleck courageously took a stand on Bill Maher's show, Real Time. He questioned Maher and his guest panelist, Sam Harris, for making sweeping generalizations about the majority of Muslims.

As the world looks with horror and disgust at the barbaric acts of extremists in Iraq and Syria,...

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Honoring 9/11 by Upholding Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 5:20 PM

My coworker flung the conference room door open. "We're evacuating the office," he said. "The Pentagon has been hit." Time moved at a warped pace the morning of 9/11 as I ran up three flights of stairs in the Hart Senate Building to grab my cell phone. In the whirlwind...

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King Hearings & Anti-Muslim Hate: A Citizen's Call to Action

(6) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 10:46 AM

Whether for political gain or public notoriety, anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry has become acceptable in political and civic discourse. Divisive Congressional hearings chaired by New York Congressman Peter King unfairly targeting American Muslims begin this week. These hearings legitimize anti-Muslim rhetoric by giving them a congressional stamp of approval. Increasingly,...

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