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Team

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, the Muslim Consultative Network, and Hartley Film Foundation. She currently serves on the board of the International Human Rights Art Festival and is a member of 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 2009, Robina was named a CNN Hero and was 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 others 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, NASW-NY, NEMWA(North East Muslim Women’s Association), Women In Islam, Union Square Awards, Open Society Institute, the Queens Borough President, the Queens General Hospital, the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG), and Women2Women Forum (2019). 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. In 2017, Robina was named one of 21 “Movement Makers” by the NoVo Foundation. She currently serves as a Commissioner on NYC’s Commission on Gender Equity. Robina speaks four South Asian languages.
nusaybahH Nusaybah Hamza joined Turning Point for Women and Women and Families in October 2019 as the Youth Leader. She originally hails from Baltimore, MD and moved to New York in 2015. Soon after the move, she started volunteering with Jamaica Muslim Center Youth. After volunteering for three years, she developed a passion for youth development and mentorship. As the Youth Leader, she hopes to help strengthen the voice of Muslim girls, and encourage them to become the best version of themselves. Her hobbies include cake decorating, baking, and reading.
umeraK Umera Khan joined Turning Point for Women and Families as the Outreach Coordinator in September 2019. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology and Asian American Studies from Hunter College. Born and raised in New York City, Umera has experience working at non-profits and city agencies, where she learned the importance of helping underserved communities. As the Outreach Coordinator, she works to raise awareness about domestic violence and Turning Point’s services within NYC’s Muslim community. She also serves as a bridge to connect women and families affected by domestic violence to services. Umera hopes “to build community awareness about gender- based violence within the Muslim community by engaging in community wide events. As a Muslim woman, I firmly believe that it is important to strengthen the existing social services in our community so we can provide the support to the individuals that need it.” Umera speaks Urdu fluently.
tasniaATasnia Ahamed joined Turning Point in 2017 and serves as our Domestic Violence Program Director. She is a Licensed Social Worker and received her Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She has given presentations and participated in numerous events to raise awareness about domestic violence. In August 2018, Tasnia received a Citation from Assembly Member Brian Barnwell, recognizing her as a hard working individual who has demonstrated outstanding citizenry and service. 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 make this vision a reality.
tazminUTazmin H. Uddin was Turning Point’s first Youth Intern in 2008 and is currently our Youth Program 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. Until 2018, she conducted Turning Point’s weekly ESOL class (geared towards the citizenship test) for senior Muslim women. 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. More recently, Tazmin was named a 2018 Change Maker by the Coalition for Asian Children and Families (CACF). Tazmin is a New York native of Bangladeshi descent and speaks Bangla.
Shahzeen NasimShahzeen Nasim is a writer and researcher. She joined the Turning Point team as a DV Advocate and ESOL teacher for senior Muslim women in early 2019. Shahzeen has a BA in English Literature from Haverford College, where she was a QuestBridge Scholar and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Previously, she interned at various local, national, and international arts organizations such as the Golden Buttons Women’s Empowerment Center in Sefrou, Morocco, Cooper Hewitt: Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Textile Arts Center. Her passion for social justice, culturally-competent counseling, and intensive research projects brought her to Turning Point. She is fluent in Urdu, with intermediate working proficiency in Arabic and Persian.
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.” Parveen is fluent in Bangla.
selinYSamiye Selin Yalbuzdag was a dedicated and a loyal supporter of Turning Point since its inception and stepped up as a volunteer in September 2014. She joined Turning Point’s staff as an Administrative Assistant in March 2018. She is passionate and committed to Turning Point’s work and mission. Selin is from Adana, Turkey and has a BA in ESL Education. As an immigrant and domestic violence survivor, she intimately knows the struggles of Muslim women face in the society. She has a rich experience of working in a variety of fields including office management, the textile import/export, and catering and food management. Turning Point has helped Selin find her true voice in life. She completed various domestic violence trainings and received her education diploma in psychology and social work. She enjoys reading anything that help her grow and hopes to strengthen her voice and encourage all the women she meets along the way to find their voices. She is fluent in Turkish.

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