Aliya Hana Hussain: Advocacy Program Manager for the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights and travels to Guantanamo regularly to meet with CCR's clients. She also works on the issues of drone killings, profiling and spying on Muslim communities, and accountability for torture and other war crimes.
Jacqueline Stevens: Professor in Northwestern's Department of Political Science, the Founding Director of the Buffett Institute, and the on Legal Studies Advisory. She is the author of Reproducing the State (Princeton University Press, 1999) and States Without Nations: Citizenship for Mortals(Columbia University Press, 2009). She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012-14 and is currently completing a work of literary nonfiction that narrates contemporary experiences of borders in conversation with the fantasies of America appearing in the accounts of Spanish conquistadores and British explorer Miguel Cervantes parodied in Don Quijote.
James Yee: Former US Army Chaplain and graduate of West Point who served as the Muslim Chaplain for the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After being officially recognized twice for outstanding performance, Captain Yee was arrested and imprisoned for 76 days in September 2003 while being falsely accused of spying, espionage, and aiding the alleged Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners. He was held in solitary confinement and subjected to the same sensory deprivation techniques that were being used against the prisoners in Cuba that he had been ministering to. After months of government investigation, all criminal charges were dropped.
Tauseef Akbar: Research Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago and also Web Content Director with Justice For All/Burma Task Force. He studied Arabic and foundational Islamic disciplines in Cairo, Egypt at the Al-Fajr Institute, affiliated with Al-Azhar University. He received a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Chemistry at North Park University. He is slated to receive his MA in Islamic Studies from American Islamic College at the end of the year. His research work has primarily focused on Islamophobia and demographic trends within the Muslim American community. As a researcher he has worked with leading Muslim organizations and was also a past consultant to Georgetown Univesity's Bridge Initiative for the study of Islamophobia. He has written and been published on the topic of Islamophobia, the War on Terror and the genocide against the Rohingya Muslims in various news media outlets including The Diplomat.