nadiaA 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.
nadiaANadia 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.
naimaZNaima Zahid is a Youth Leader at Turning Point. She strives to empower young Muslim women through Turning Point’s youth programs. She began volunteering for Turning Point in November 2016 and hopes to one day work in the international human rights arena. Naima has previous experience interning with S.O.S. Children’s Villages (Lahore) and at NYC Civil Court. She is one year away from completing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Human Rights. Though born in Lahore, Pakistan, Naima was raised in Virginia and New York and speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.
tazminUTazmin H. Uddin was Turning Point’s first Youth Intern in 2008 and is currently our Youth Coordinator. Since 2008, she has volunteered and interned with multiple Muslim nonprofit organizations and was an instructor for NYU’s Science and Technology Entry Program from 2014 to 2016. She joined Turning Point as our full-time Education and Outreach Coordinator in February 2016 and became our Youth Coordinator in July 2016. She also conducts the weekly ESL class (geared towards the citizenship test) for senior Muslim women, in partnership with the Queens Central Library in Jamaica, NY. 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 Bangla.
tasniaATasnia Ahamed is the newest member of our team and joined Turning Point as a Social Worker (DV) in August 2017. She has a Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University. In the past, she has worked and volunteered with agencies such as VIBS: Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center, Womankind, and Maryhaven Center of Hope. Community service has always been a priority for Tasnia growing up as she believes that the only way a community can thrive is if its members uplift each other. As a Bangladeshi-American woman who understands and speaks Bangla, Tasnia understands the struggles of Muslim, South Asian New Yorkers and the unfortunate trend of bottling away hardship to exhibit strength. She envisions a community where we can talk about social struggle, especially domestic violence, as a means of healing, not as a whispered comment. Tasnia is excited to join Turning Point on the journey to make this vision a reality.
selinYSamiye 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 ParveenHossne 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.”