Robina Niaz worked with various mainstream non-profit organizations for over 12 years before founding Turning Point for Women and Families in 2004, the first non-profit in New York City to address domestic violence in the Muslim community. She has served on numerous boards including Sakhi, Queens Women’s Network, Coalition for Battered Women’s Network and the Muslim Consultative Network. She currently serves on the board of Hartley Film Foundation. Robina is a member of the Field Education Advisory Board of the Adelphi University’s Social Work School and the Social Work Advisory Council at Medgar Evers College.A social worker, an activist and a fierce advocate of Muslim women’s rights, Robina has spoken extensively against domestic violence locally, nationally, and internationally, and has received numerous honors and awards. She has also been quoted in and appeared on several media outlets including CNN, NY1, Geo TV, Aaj TV, Al-Hurra TV. In September 2009, Robina was named a CNN Hero in 2009, and also featured as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims (2009) by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center/Georgetown University. Robina was also named Queens Person of the Week by NY1 (March 2010) and was honored by the Mayor Bloomberg along with 30 other in honor of the Women’s History Month (2011). Robina has also received awards from FEBA (Federation of Balkan American Associations), Chhaya CDC, State Senator Eric Adams, Women’s eNews, Bank of America, Queens Council for Social Welfare and NASW-NY, NEMWA (North East Muslim Women’s Association), Women In Islam, Union Square Awards, Open Society Institute and the Queens Borough President. Born and raised in Pakistan, Robina has an M.S in Applied Psychology (Pakistan) and an MSW from Hunter College, NYC, is a 2007 CORO Immigrant Leadership Fellow and a 2005 Open Society Institute/RCLA Social Justice Fellow. Robina speaks four South Asian languages.
Nadia Amrani is an Advocate with Turning Point. She is an aspiring social worker who began volunteering with Turning Point in 2015. She is now a part-time staff member and works our Elder Abuse Project. She hopes to help shed light on and speak out against the neglect and abuse faced by older Muslim women in the community. She was born in the United States, of Moroccan and Mexican parents and raised in Mexico. She is currently a senior and Sociology major at Hunter College and speaks Spanish fluently.
Hiba Khan is a part-time Domestic Violence Counselor at Turning Point and one semester away from completing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has previous intern experience from Domestic Harmony Foundation, Community Health Center (Adelphi University) and working with the youth at Selden Masjid in Suffolk County. Hiba is of Pakistani descent and strives to de-stigmatize counseling amongst the Muslim, Desi and mainstream communities. Growing up in a large family and a small Long Island community, she felt the need to dedicate herself to empowering women and helping children. She chose Turning Point as an essential building block to her career in counseling because it’s the only faith based organization serving Muslim women and girls across New York City.
Mariam Khan is a Social Work intern at Turning Point. She has travelled from the UK to intern with us for 4 weeks. Mariam is currently studying Social Work, and will start her final year in October 2016. She has previous experience working in an education center for adults with complex needs. It is the work that she undertook in the education center that led Mariam to find her passion in working with women who have experienced domestic violence. Her personal experience witnessing domestic violence at home has also driven Mariam to support and empower victims and survivors of domestic violence. Turning Point has given Mariam the opportunity to continue her growth in a culturally and religiously sensitive environment. She is passionate and empathetic and hopes to use the knowledge she gains at Turning Point to contribute towards further developing services for Muslim women in the UK when she returns.
Tazmin H. Uddin was Turning Point’s first Youth Intern in 2008. Since 2008, she has volunteered and interned with multiple Muslim nonprofit organizations and has been an instructor for NYU’s Science Technology and Entry Program since 2014. She has come full circle and joined us as our full-time Education and Outreach Coordinator in February 2016. She has also taught ESL classes to older women as part of Turning Point’s Elder Abuse Project. Tazmin brings her creativity and positive energy and recently became our Youth Coordinator. Tazmin completed her Master’s degree in Public Administration (2015) from The College of New Rochelle (CNR), where she also completed her undergraduate studies. While interning with Turning Point, Tazmin received the Ursuline Student Service Recognition Award in 2015. Tazmin is a New York native of Bangladeshi descent and speaks conversational Bangla. She is passionate about social justice and is an aspiring poet who plans on taking over the world one smile at a time.
Samiye Selin Yalbuzdag has been a dedicated and a loyal supporter of Turning Point since its inception and stepped up as a volunteer in September 2014. She often works full time and assists with the day-to-day administrative functions as well as the weekly support group for survivors. She is passionate and committed to Turning Point’s work and mission. Originally from Adana, Turkey, Selin has a BA in ESL education. As an immigrant and domestic violence survivor, she intimately knows the struggles of Muslim women face. societies. She has a rich experience of working in a variety of fields including office management, the textile import/export industry, and food management. She has also been very active in her daughter’s school and in her community’s cultural events. Turning Point has allowed Selin to find her life’s true calling. She firmly believes the words of activist Mary Richmond, that “a cause must be found before a result could be achieved” and is currently continuing her education in psychology and social work. She hopes to continue empowering herself and all the women she meets along the way. She is fluent in Turkish.
Hossne ara Parveen is an advocate with Turning Point. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Dhaka University in Bangladesh. Parveen is deeply passionate about helping to empower people so that they may be successful in their own worlds. She enjoys working at Turning Point as an Advocate and states “I have been living my dream and inspiring others to live theirs. I feel that if I can make a difference in one person’s life then I have succeeded. I am excited to work for an organization that helps so many people help themselves.”