Dr. Maha Hilal is an organizer with Witness Against Torture, a steering committee member of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition and a content manager for the Islamic Scholarship Fund. Previously, she was executive director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms.
Hilal has worked at a number of human rights and social justice organizations including the Center for Victims of Torture, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and the Government Accountability Project. She was previously a Christine Mirzayan fellow at the National Academy of Sciences as well as a recipient of the Department of State’s critical language scholarship for Arabic study in Morocco.
Hilal earned her doctorate degree in May 2014 from the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University in Washington, D.C. The title of her dissertation was “‘Too Damn Muslim to be Trusted’: The War on Terror and the Muslim American Response.” She received her master’s degree in counseling and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.