(ATLANTA, GA – September 21, 2021): On Friday, September 17, 2021, the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA) honored the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as the beneficiary of their 2021 community benefit dinner. CAIR-Georgia was chosen in recognition of its legal work to fight Islamophobia and discrimination in Georgia. Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal and Advocacy Director at Project South and renowned civil and human rights advocate was the keynote speaker at the event.
SABA-GA’s annual community benefit dinner supports the provision of needed legal services to the South Asian community by honoring local non-profit organizations that dedicate their legal services to empowering, supporting, and protecting members of the South Asian community in Georgia. Past beneficiaries of SABA’s annual benefit dinners include Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta (AAAJ-Atlanta), Raksha, Inc., Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) and Athena’s Closet.
CAIR-Georgia Communications and Outreach Director Azka Mahmood said in a statement:
“We are grateful to SABA-GA for their amplification and support of CAIR-Georgia’s work. It is a distinct honor to be recognized by the legal fraternity for our pro bono legal work for marginalized and targeted community members in Georgia, many of whom are immigrants from South Asia.
“As a professional guild for lawyers of South Asian descent that centers the work of non-profits annually, SABA-GA ensures that these young lawyers remain committed to giving back to their communities. We appreciate the renewed focus on our work and avenues of support for CAIR-Georgia that stem from SABA-GA’s community benefit.”
The South Asian Bar Association of Georgia, SABA-GA, is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to encouraging and promoting the professional growth of South Asian lawyers and other members of the legal profession. SABA-GA was formed in 2001. Since its inception, SABA-GA has represented and advocated the interests of South Asian lawyers and the legal profession and has broadened professional opportunities for South Asian lawyers.
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.