Executive Director of the Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC)
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Lena Alhusseini is the Executive Director of the Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC) in New York. Before joining AAFSC, Ms. Alhusseini worked at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) where she served as international outreach project manager on issues of child protection, abduction and child trafficking. She has also worked for the Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter in Denver, Colorado where she developed the shelter’s children’s program. There, she was able to work with diverse populations including Latino and Arab-American women and children on issues of domestic violence. Before coming to the U.S., Ms. Alhusseini served with a number of international organizations on issues pertaining to child protection and human trafficking, including USAID and UNICEF. Most notably, she established the Jordan River Children under the direction of HM Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. The organization was the first in the Middle East to address the issue of child abuse and protection. Ms. Alhusseini is a recipient of the Auburn Seminary Women of Commitment Award 2007 and a Brooklyn District Attorney Extraordinary Woman of 2008 Honoree. She is an Arab American of Palestinian/Saudi origin.