Samie has been with AAANY for 2 years. She started as an intern before taking the role as a Navigator. Samie was studying nursing before she realized that new immigration laws would impact many lives.She switched her major to help in any way she can. Samie studied Criminal Justice. She has a passion for helping people. Samie tutored children after school during her college years. She has completed internships at Union Settlement as a teachers assistant, at a divorce attorney’s office as a paralegal assistant and two casework internships at the Arab American Association of New York. Samie enjoys seeing her clients and providing them the benefits that they qualify for.
Aisha joined the AAANY team in September 2016 as an administrative assistant. In February 2018, she joined the staff as an Immigration Navigator. She recently graduated from Baruch College with a BA in Operations Management.
Iman Al Ahdal is a paralegal specialized in Immigration Law. She got her B.A. in 2005 from Sana’a University in English Literature. Her career started in 2004 as a Human Resources Assistant at the American Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen. Afterwards, she moved to the U.S. in late 2005 and started as a dedicated volunteer at the Yemeni American Association, helping the Yemeni community with all immigration related issues. Moreover, she is an honorable U.S. Army Veteran (Specialist) who served the U.S. Military for 4 years as a Petroleum Specialist/Interpreter, and was honorably discharged in 2016. Iman is a certified Medical Interpreter, who worked as a contracted freelancer with all of NYU and Presbyterian Hospitals all over New York City.
Daad is a proud Chicagoan, by way of Sudan. She recently graduated from Yale University with a double major in Ethnicity, Race & Migration and Economics. Prior to moving to NYC, Daad lived in Pittsburgh where she conducted research on socioeconomic disparities existing across racial lines and served as a project coordinator at All for All, an immigrant inclusion initiative.
One of our newest immigration navigators, Sara, born and raised in the heart of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2017 with a B.A of Political Science: International Relations. In her senior year of college, Sara was awarded with the National Society of Leadership and Success certificate for her academic standing and leadership potential. She has both Lebanese and Moroccan roots and is fluent in both dialects. Additionally, she also holds a CELTA certificate, accredited from Cambridge University, which qualifies her to teach English to both children and adults.