Robina Niaz

Position: Director
Categories: Team

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, Hartley Film Foundation, and the International Human Rights Art Festival. She is currently 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.

Robina Niaz

Director

Robina Niaz worked with various mainstream non-profit organizations for over...

Menal Elmaliki

Position: Seniors Advocate
Categories: Team

Menal joined Turning Point for Women and Families as a Seniors Advocate in November 2023. She hopes to one day bridge the divide between the Western and Arab worlds, creating dialogue, breaking stereotypes, and preventing the spread of misinformation. As someone who comes from an immigrant background, she is passionate about creating an open space that reflects the richness in diversity of the students and their cultural differences. Her past experiences of teaching immigrants and refugees have taught her what strength and resilience means. She is a second-generation American, originally from Yemen, and speaks fluent Arabic.

Menal Elmaliki

Seniors Advocate

Menal joined Turning Point for Women and Families as a...

Susan Kingsland

Position: Social Services Supervisor
Categories: Team

Susan Kingsland, LMSW is a licensed social worker, advocate, and activist, who is experienced in both nonprofit management and community-based clinical practice; she is committed to social and economic justice. Her expertise is transforming research into practice, developing and executing strategic plans, and
identifying and building key relationships with relevant stakeholders. Susan’s diverse experiences combined with graduate education in social work enable her to continuously facilitate progressive change. Prior to joining Turning Point for Women and Families as a Social Services Supervisor, Susan worked with
unaccompanied immigrant children and adolescents at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, addressing trauma and mental health, advocating for education and health services while supporting clients fighting deportation. Throughout her career, Susan has worked at several nonprofit organizations addressing
homelessness and affordable housing in immigrant communities, as well as chronic mental illness and poverty.

Susan received her Master’s in social work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and she is licensed in New York State.

Susan Kingsland

Social Services Supervisor

Susan Kingsland, LMSW is a licensed social worker, advocate, and...

Aiden Zafar

Position: Youth Leader
Categories: Team

Aiden Zafar joined Turning Point for Women & Families as a Youth Leader in June 2023. They were first introduced to TPNY as a high-schooler and, inspired by the work of educators and counselors, went on to work as a caretaker and after-school educator. Their roles in community with other New Yorkers often suspect to violence and marginalization has inspired them to cultivate spaces where young people can speak freely about issues that concern them, their safety, and their future.

Aiden Zafar

Youth Leader

Aiden Zafar joined Turning Point for Women & Families as...

Nabila Miah

Position: Youth Leader
Categories: Team

Nabila Miah joined Turning Point for Women and Families as a Youth Leader in January 2023. Prior to joining staff, since May 2018, Nabila was an active youth member and served as a Summer Youth Intern for two consecutive years. She is a freshman at The City College of New York, currently majoring in Electronic Design and Multimedia. As a former youth member and now a Youth Leader, Nabila’s goal is to strengthen the Youth Program which has provided a safe and inclusive space for Muslim girls and young women for many years and cultivate a post-Covid community of like-minded and actively engaged youth and young adults who can learn from their peers and grow together. Nabila is a first generation American, born to immigrant parents from Bangladesh and speaks Bangla.

Nabila Miah

Youth Leader

Nabila Miah joined Turning Point for Women and Families as...

Sahyda Sunnah

Position: Domestic Violence Counselor
Categories: Team

Sahyda joined Turning Point for Women and Families as a Domestic Violence Counselor in October 2023. She earned a B.A in Social Work from York College and an MSW from New York University. Sahyda has over two years’ experience in advocacy and counseling which includes working with adolescents and young adults and seniors diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Sahyda is currently working to earn her MSW license to further aid Muslim women and help bring about systemic changes in policies and legislation that lead to equitable opportunities for marginalized communities. Sahyda was born and raised in New York and speaks Bangla,

Sahyda Sunnah

Domestic Violence Counselor

Sahyda joined Turning Point for Women and Families as a...

Amina Burhan

Position: Domestic Violence Counselor
Categories: Team

Amina joined Turning Point for Women and Families as a Domestic Violence Counselor in October 2023. She is a first-generation college student and graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A in Psychology and Minor in Health, Medicine and Society. Amina plans to pursue her master’s degree in Social Work and Applied Psychology, and earn a JD in the future to further advocate for systemic changes to support survivors and combat domestic violence. As alumni of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), Amina was inspired to join Turning Point to help raise awareness about mental health, advocate for equity amongst marginalized Muslim groups in New York City, and empower survivors of domestic violence. Amina is an active member of her community in Queens and is a second-generation Bangladeshi-American, born and raised in New York City, and speaks Bangla.

Amina Burhan

Domestic Violence Counselor

Amina joined Turning Point for Women and Families as a...