(ATLANTA, GA – 4/30/2021) — The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that Murtaza Khwaja has been chosen to serve as the next Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia effective May 1, 2021.
Khwaja has served as Legal and Policy Director at CAIR-Georgia over the past year. He joined the Muslim civil rights organization in 2017 as civil rights attorney and lobbyist. He has guided a growing legal team, provided counsel to Georgia Muslims in need, and spearheaded policy initiatives. Khwaja led CAIR-Georgia’s CAIR 2 Vote initiative dedicated to mobilizing Muslim voters in the state of Georgia during the 2020 General Election. He has also secured several grant awards to sustain the growth of CAIR-Georgia.
Khwaja succeeds outgoing CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Abdullah Jaber, who has been appointed to serve as executive director of CAIR-Florida.
In a statement, outgoing CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Abdullah Jaber said:
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the Georgia Muslim community as the executive director of CAIR-Georgia.
“I have learned and grown by the grace of Allah and the support of the CAIR-Georgia team and our Board of Directors. I am confident that CAIR-Georgia will only go from strength to strength under Murtaza Khwaja’s leadership.
“I wish him the best of luck in his new position and hope that the Georgia community will continue its unwavering support of CAIR-Georgia’s work.”
Incoming Executive Director Murtaza Khwaja said in a statement:
“I am honored to continue serving the Georgia Muslim community in this new role.
“The CAIR-Georgia team remains committed to fight for the civil rights of all Georgians whether in the courtroom, inside our legislatures, or at the ballot box.
“With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, recent voter suppression efforts, and continued discrimination against Muslims, much work remains to be done.”
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.