Najmu Mohseen

  • Hosted by Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America
  • Sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Service location Richardson, Texas
  • Law school Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Issue area Free Speech/Freedom of Expression/First Amendment
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Najmu will uphold the First Amendment rights of incarcerated Muslims to practice their faith by creating know-your-rights materials for detention centers, prisons, and Muslims; and through litigation if needed.

Though the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act protects the religious rights of individuals who are in prison or immigration detention centers, in practice, their rights are not always respected. For example, there has been a plethora of litigation aimed at ensuring prisoners receive Halal food, are allowed to pray, are allowed to observe religious-grooming practices, etc. However, all of these lawsuits have been reactive rather than proactive—that is, they aim to rectify a problem that has already occurred. This project will make it so that the problem can be rectified before one even arises.

Fellowship Plans

Najmu will create a comprehensive manual that identifies the constitutionally-protected religious rights of Muslim prisoners and detainees as well as cost-effective methods for implementation by institutions. She will also supplement these efforts by know-your-rights presentations to the Muslim community, so that they will be able to identify when their rights are being violated.

Media

Equal Justice Works Fellow: Najmu Mohseen

TAMU Law Alumna Receives A Prestigious Fellowship

My purpose as a lawyer is to better the lives of the underserved and I believe that Muslims are currently one of the most underserved groups.

Najmu Mohseen /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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