Southwest Asia & North Africa Co-Chair
Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security
Neda M. Shaheen is an attorney and human rights advocate in Washington, D.C. She is a Fellow at Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS), where she advocates for gender and racial equity in foreign policy, peace and security, and manages all WCAPS projects and programs. Shaheen also co-chairs the Young Ambassadors Program as well as the Southwest Asia and North Africa Working Group. Shaheen is a 2020 DNC Presidential Fellow, teaches an International Humanitarian Law Seminar at the American Red Cross, and serves as a National Lead on Arab American Engagement.
Prior to WCAPS, Shaheen practiced law/legal advocacy at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, where her work focused on immigration and security, including discrimination, government surveillance, right of entry, and privacy; after finishing a term at the United Nations Security Council in New York, where she conducted human rights reviews of counterterrorism policies and strategies.
Shaheen earned her Juris Doctor and Certificate in International & Comparative Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Art in English and a minor in Studio Art in Columbus, Ohio. During law school, Shaheen was very active in Cheriff Bassiouni's International Human Rights Law Institute, where she conducted field research on the rule of law in Senegal and Kenya. She also served as a JD AmeriCorps and Pro Bono Assistant for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR).