Sidra Mahfooz – 2017 Recipient

Major: Law
Degree: J.D.
School: NYU School of Law
Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY)


Bio: Sidra is currently pursuing her J.D. at NYU School of Law. She is interested in international law, business, and public policy. She received her bachelors, summa cum laude, in political science and psychology from Stony Brook University, where she was the president of the mock trial team and the pre-law society. She completed her honors thesis analyzing the proper legal framework in the context of targeted drone strikes. Before law school, she received a national scholarship to study Arabic for a year in Amman, Jordan. During this time, she also interned at an NGO advocating for the rights of migrant workers and volunteered at nearby refugee camps.

During law school, she continues to advocate for the rights of distressed communities. Sidra worked as a research assistant focusing on international human rights for Professor Satterthwaite, and as a clinic student in the National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. She is an active member of the International Refugee Assistance Program, where she has assisted clients resettle to the U.S., and a courtroom advocate for Sanctuary for Families, through which she provides legal assistance to victims of domestic abuse. As Co-chair of the NYU MLSA, she has also worked with several groups to organize events aimed at community-building and social/legal advocacy. Sidra is really grateful to ISF for their support and honored to be a part of the ISF family. 

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