Lawyer and Activist for Religious Freedom and International Human Rights
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Sameera Fazili graduated from Yale Law School in 2006 and is currently a fellow at Shorebank, a community development bank focused on issues of economic equity in the United States and abroad. At Yale, she was the student chair of the Middle East Legal Studies Seminar and also served on the board of the Critical Islamic Reflections conference. Before law school, Sameera worked at Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. While with Karamah, she testified before the US Congress on the religious freedom of Muslims in Western Europe. Her experience in international human rights and development includes work at the World Health Organization and United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Her work has taken her to such places as Palestine, Kashmir, and Pakistan. Sameera graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2000 with a BA in social studies, and was the recipient of Harvard's Women's Leadership Award.