Muslim Legal Fund of America and Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America Merger Announced

Media Alert

October 11, 2022

Contact: Jeannine Sherman
MLFA Communications
jeannine.sherman@mlfa.org
(972) 331-9021


Richardson, TX – October 11th, 2022: The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) and the Constitutional Legal Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) announced their merger today, positioning the newly combined organizations to better defend, protect, educate and serve American Muslims and Muslim organizations against discrimination, unfair targeting and all the legal and social issues that fall under the guise of national security.


“Today is a milestone for the work of MLFA and CLCMA in creating a more unified stance defending the civil rights of American Muslims,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, Chair of the MLFA Board of Directors. MLFA has spent the past three years deepening its commitment to operational and mission excellence. As part of the organizational development planning process, leadership from MLFA and CLCMA agreed that merging the two organizations would lead to expanded influence and more effective outcomes in advancing the shared mission.


CLCMA is now the legal department of MLFA. Arshia Ali-Khan is the CEO of the unified MLFA, with Charles Swift as the leader of criminal legal services; Christina A. Jump as the leader of civil litigation legal services; and Kathryn Brady as the leader of immigration legal services. “We are in this together to leave our impact on the world,” said Arshia Ali Khan, as she presided over today’s signing of the merger documents.


MLFA defends Muslims and Muslim non-profit organizations across the nation by offering pro bono and low bono legal defense. CLCMA was created and funded by MLFA in 2014 and has grown into the largest strategically focused, nonprofit law center dedicated to defending constitutional rights for Muslims in America.


The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) has been serving the Muslim community since 2001. MLFA created and funded the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) in 2014 to gather the expertise and vision of exceptional federal national security attorneys in a single place serving American Muslims and Muslim organizations. This groundwork led to precedent-setting cases and recognition by the legal community. MLFA attorneys are recognized for their expertise in national security law.


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Photos of MLFA/CLCMA Merger Signing on October 11, 2022

(Members of MLFA and CLCMA Boards, Staff, and Advisors met in person in Richardson TX and online to witness the signing of the MLFA/CLCMA merger).

(Left to Right Shereen El Domeiri, CLCMA Board, Jamal Suleiman, MLFA Board, & Furqan Azhar, CLCMA Board celebrate the MLFA/CLCMA Merger)

About MLFA


Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a 501 (c ) 3 nonprofit organization that funds legal work and programming to defend Muslims and Muslim organizations against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons, and communities. Muslim Legal Fund of America is the ONLY national tax-exempt nonprofit legal fund dedicated to defending Muslims’ civil rights and liberties at the federal level. MLFA’s mission is to advance equality and justice for American Muslim organizations and individuals by promoting legal compliance and protecting their rights in matters concerning national security law. Through its work, MLFA is committed to realizing the vision of an America in which constitutional rights and liberties are upheld equally for all, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.


Arshia Ali-Khan, CEO of MLFA | arshia.ali.khan@mlfa.org

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