Zamani, Nahal

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Advocacy Program Manager, Government Misconduct and Racial Justice


Nahal Zamani is a committed human rights activist with broad-based experience directing advocacy campaigns and educational initiatives. Nahal joined CCR in 2010 and serves as an Advocacy Program Manager.

At CCR, Nahal directs CCR’s advocacy campaigns and initiatives within the U.S. including: challenging the NYPD’s abusive use of stop and frisk and other discriminatory policing practices, combating inhuman prison conditions and standing up for economic and social justice. Nahal advocates regularly on these issues before elected officials and the UN, and co-chairs the Executive Committee with the Communities United for Police Reform campaign.

Prior to joining CCR, Nahal led human rights advocacy campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Office, taught recently arrived refugee teenagers with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) New York resettlement office, and managed educational projects at Animédia in Paris, France.

Nahal lectures extensively on human rights advocacy, strategies for coalition-building and campaign development, and the application of a human rights framework to address social justice issues in the United States.

Nahal received her Master’s in Human Rights from Columbia University, focusing on documentation of the stressful impact of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC) violations. She also received her Bachelor’s from Rutgers University.