Bio

Ms. Alhusseini joined the Arab American Family Support Center as Executive Director in April 06 after a number of years at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), where she served as international outreach project manager on issues of child protection, abduction and child trafficking. Prior to joining NCMEC, Alhusseini worked for the Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter in Denver, Colorado where she developed the Shelter’s children’s program and worked with diverse populations including Latino and Arab-American women and children on issues of Domestic Violence. Before coming to the U.S., Alhusseini served with a number of international organizations around the world on issues pertaining to child protection and human trafficking, including USAID and UNICEF. Most notably, she established the Jordan River Foundation’s child protection unit under the direction of HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah. That organization was the first in Jordan to address the issue of child abuse and protection. Alhusseini leads AAFSC as the co-founder and lead partner of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, the first Arabic dual language public school in the USA.

Alhusseini is a recipient of the Auburn Seminary Women of Commitment Award 2007 and twice a recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation by the National center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Alhusseini is a committee member with the Human Rights Watch-NY, Community Partner with CURE, the Dialogue project and the Arab American Institute in addition to many other community partnerships on a national and International level. Born in Jerusalem and raised in Saudi Arabia and the UK, Alhusseini is of Palestinian origin.

She tweets from @sit_lena.