Advocate and Counselor, Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) of New York
Shagufta Shah is an anti-violence violence advocate and counselor at the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) of New York. She joined AAFSC in 2013 as a Disaster Case Manager then promoted as Program Manager for the same project, when AAFSC operated a program to help families recover in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. She then took on the role of Advocate and Cultural Counselor in August 2015, providing culturally and linguistically competent services for victims of domestic violence in the form of crisis intervention, counseling, leading empowerment support groups, and community outreach and education. Prior to this, she served as a Manager in charge of Community Mobilization component for the International Rescue Committee health program and Deputy Director for Administration and Coordination for ERRA (Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority) where she contributed at different levels in addition to working directly with the community. Ms. Shah has a Master of Laws (LLM) degree with a concentration in Human Rights, Criminology, and Islamic Law and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Sindh Muslim Law College, and MA "Coexistence and Conflict Management" from Brandies University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and a BA degree in social work from Karachi University.