SOFIA ALI-KHAN

 

Sofia Ali-Khan is a social justice lawyer-turned-writer.  She has worked for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Prairie State Legal Services in Illinois, and the American Bar Association. Sofia became a national leader on the right to language access, developing and writing the detailed grant that resulted in the ABA's Standards for Language Access in Courts and creating the policies, protocols and trainings for language access across an eleven office legal services agency. She also practiced in the areas of welfare law, immigration, housing, community economic development, and Medicaid access, founding an offsite legal clinic for undocumented workers with health emergencies. She was a founding board member and activist with the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and has spoken to dozens of academic, interfaith, radio and television audiences on aspects of Islamic faith and history.  During the Trump campaign and presidency, she helped interfaith and community activists to draft and implement municipal sanctuary policies.
 

Sofia’s writing at the intersection of politics, race, history and Muslim America has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, TIME Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Tricycle Magazine and on several other platforms.  She has appeared as a storyteller for The Moth in Philadelphia and Boston.  A second-generation Pakistani American born and raised in the United States, she now lives in Ontario, Canada, with her family.


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