Naz Ahmad is a Staff Attorney with the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project. CLEAR aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.
Through her work at CLEAR, Naz represents individuals who are approached for questioning by local and federal law enforcement, targeted for surveillance, are placed on federal Watch Lists or who have had immigration benefits withheld from them on national security grounds, and Yemeni-Americans who have had their passports wrongfully revoked by the Department of State.
She received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2014, where she was a member of the Human Rights Clinic. As a member of the Clinic, she worked with the co-authors of the Columbia Human Rights Institute/Human Rights Watch report on federal terrorism investigations and prosecutions, Illusion of Justice. She also interned at the ACLU Center for Democracy, Amnesty International, Sanctuary for Families, and The Bronx Defenders.