Our Team

Executive Director - Khalilah Sabra... Accredited Representative with the US Board of Immigration Appeals.  She serves as Executive Director, Accredited Representative and Project developer for MAS Immigrant Justice Center. As an Accredited Representative, Ms. Sabra is authorized to represent clients before the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) in exactly the same manner as an attorney.

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As an Accredited Representative, she appears as counsel for aliens in immigration proceedings before Executive Office for Immigration Review immigration courts; the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board), and before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

She also serves on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Peace Action, an organization committed to building a culture of peace. She is a member of Rights Working Group, which is committed to ending racial and religious profiling and has served on the Racial Profiling Committee of the ACLU of North Carolina.Since 2007, Ms. Sabra has designed and implemented national programs supporting human rights, civil rights advocacy, democratic immigration protocols, gender justice and advancing the rights of all marginalized and minority citizens; initiating alliances that promote inclusi

Ms. Sabra is an author and series contributor in "Transgressions in Cultural Studies and Education," Sense Publishers, Amsterdam: Directed by Dr. Shirley Ruth Steinberg and Dr. Joe L. Kincheloe, founders of The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and The Council of European Studies and was awarded the recipient of the 18th Annual International Human Rights Award, December 12, 2013.on and non-discrimination.

 Organizer for "The Treaty for the Rights of Women is the world’s most complete international agreement on basic human rights for women." Officially known as the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), promoting standards for ratifying countries to meet in the treatment and rights of women for Amnesty International in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Former Director of ESL and Cultural Assimilation Program at the Institute of Islamic Studies/ Cordoba School in Los Angeles, California. Responsible for research, development, and implementing educational and cultural relocation assistance and intercultural training for international transferees from the Middle East. 

 

Consultant - Ira Kurzban... Attorney of Law.  Mr. Kurzban is a past-national President and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He has received national recognition for his work in the immigration field.  He has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the top twenty immigration lawyers in the United States; he has been listed for over a quarter century in the Best Lawyers in America for his work in immigration and employment law; and he has been listed repeatedly in Lawdragon as one of the top 500 lawyers in the United States. Mr. Kurzban was the first recipient of the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award presented by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. He is also the recipient of the Lawyers of the Americas Award for his work on behalf of human rights in thishemisphere given by the University of Miami, the Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in federal litigation and the Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in the advancement of immigration law given by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Carol King Award for his efforts in immigration law given by the National Lawyers Guild.

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In 1986 Mr. Kurzban was selected by Newsweek Magazine in their commemorative issue on the hundredth anniversary of the Statue of Liberty as one of 100 American heroes for his work on behalf of immigrants.  He was also selected by Esquire Magazine as partof America's New Leadership Class.  Mr. Kurzban has also been named to Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World.  He was also named as one of the world's twenty three most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and praised as a legend in the field who has written the definitive book on U.S. immigration law.

Advisor - Thomas K. Ragland...  Thomas Ragland has spent all his adult life advocating for truth and justice on behalf of the poor, oppressed and marginalized.  As a social justice and human rights activist, he has a deep appreciation for the challenges facing those on the fringes of society.  He is a founding partner of Benach Ragland LLP.  Thomas has practiced immigration law for more than 20 years.  

Thomas K RaglandPrior to joining private practice, Thomas worked for the U.S. Department of Justice for a decade, joining immediately after graduating law school through the Attorney General's Honor Program.  At DOJ, Thomas represented the government in the Boston Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Civil Division's Office of Immigration Litigation.  Since leaving the government in 2004, Thomas has devoted himself to guiding individuals and companies through the complex, often overwhelming U.S. Immigration system.  He brings an unwavering commitment to his clients and a genuine desire to help them achieve their goals and dreams - whether it be obtaining U.S. citizenship or permanent residence, avoiding deportation, obtaining visas for employees or family members or challenging agency decisions in federal court.  Having worked on both sides of the system, Thomas brings a wide range of a experience and a deep understanding of this country's immigration laws.  He is highly regarded as a top litigator, a creative legal thinker and a tireless advocate for his clients. 

Advisor - Marty Rosenbluth... Marty Rosenbluth prides himself on being soft-spoken and calm, speaking the language of human rights.  Beyond his words are his actions which have been most impressive.  Mary was Amnesty International's area specialist for Israel/Occupied Territories in the 1980s.  Marty RosenbluthIn addition to publishing a plethora of media, such as reports, case studies, press releases, mailings, leaflets, audio/visual recordings created by Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups, Marty is also an independent documentary film-maker.  His publications feature material from Palestinian trade unions and U.S. based solidarity groups, and first hand accounts of events and conditions in the Occupied Territories.  He has worked as an organizer, policy advocate, community educator and is specialized in analyzing the collateral immigration consequences of criminal convictions, while providing direct services to the newly-arrived undocumented.

 

Administrative Director - Mohammad Banawan...  Mohammad Banawan currently serves as the Administrative Director of MAS Immigrant Justice Center and is Vice President of the Muslim American Society of Charlotte.

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Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Doctor of Pharmacy, he has committed much of his time in building and growing local non profits in the Charlotte area.  He has taken multiple courses in law and is a past Fellow of the Institute of Political Leadership.  With his extensive experience in administration and project management, his goal is to build on the current infrastructure of the MAS Immigrant Justice Center and expand its services across the United States of America.  Dr. Banawan is also an An Accredited Representative with the US Board of Immigration Appeals.  

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