The Power of Media Advocacy Through Storytelling
New York Times bestselling author, popular podcaster, and acclaimed attorney RABIA CHAUDRY shares incomparable insights about the power of media advocacy through storytelling in this talk. Leveraging her singular experience as a writer, storytelling, lawyer, and advocate in the criminal justice space, Chaudry brings thought-provoking insights in this memorable talk.
Criminal Justice and the Search for Truth
Attorney and bestselling author RABIA CHAUDRY is known for her wildly popular wrongful conviction Undisclosed, which has helped exonerate over a dozen defendants. Chaudry brought forward the story of Adnan Syed, the subject of the groundbreaking podcast Serial, and wrote the award-winning and New York Times bestselling book, Adnan’s Story. Chaudry shares her unwavering commitment to the search for the truth and justice, as well as riveting true stories in sought-after engagements.
Counter Violent Extremism in Today’s Sociopolitical Landscape
Acclaimed attorney, CVE policy expert and analyst RABIA CHAUDRY brings a wealth of experience in both domestic and international projects, working across government and nonprofit sectors. In addition, Chaudry developed and lead a CVE community project in partnership with Google, Facebook, and Twitter through the New America Foundation. Chaudry’s significant insights have business, policy, and community implications, which she illuminates in this compelling talk.
Book Talk: ‘Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family’
Inspired by her critically acclaimed book, bestselling author, and host of the wildly popular Undisclosed podcast RABIA CHAUDRY shares an intimate perspective on growing up in a loving but sometimes oppressively concerned Pakistani immigrant family, and what that means for her relationships with food and body image in this deeply relatable and engaging talk.
In ‘Fatty Fatty Boom Boom’, bestselling author Rabia Chaudry gets to the heart of food, body image, and family
Consummate storyteller and New York Times bestselling author RABIA CHAUDRY released her first memoir to critical and popular acclaim. Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family is an Editor’s Pick on Amazon and has been called “a delicious and mouthwatering book about food and family, the complicated love for both, and how that shapes us into who we are.” (Valerie Bertinelli) Chaudry is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning book Adnan’s Story, and hosts the wildly popular wrongful conviction podcast Undisclosed. A renowned attorney and criminal justice expert, Chaudry pivots to the personal, offering a warm and intimate portrait of her life growing up in a loving but sometimes oppressively concerned Pakistani immigrant family.
Chaudry is a sought-after speaker on a myriad of issues, from her relatable and powerful voice on the controversial topic of body image to the deeply held opinions we have about food and our families, to the search for truth in our criminal justice system. Her singular perspective and significant insights resonate with audiences across industries.
Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, advocate, and author of the New York Times bestselling book Adnan’s Story and her critically acclaimed second book, Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir Of Food, Fat, And Family. Rabia is the Executive Producer of the HBO documentary series “The Case Against Adnan Syed” and also co-producer and host of the podcasts Undisclosed, Rabia and Ellyn Solve the Case, Nighty Night, The Hidden Djinn, and The 45th.
With over 400 million downloads, Undisclosed is the most popular and impactful wrongful conviction podcast in the world. The Undisclosed team has helped exonerate over a dozen defendants and find new evidence to get nearly all of their defendants back in court.
Rabia is a 2021 Aspen Institute/ADL Civil Society Fellow and was previously a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar and on the Vanguard Board at the Aspen Institute. She is a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a former Board member of the ACLU of Connecticut and Maryland. Rabia is the recipient of the Truman National Security Project’s 2015 Harry S. Truman Award for Communications & Media Influence, is a 2015 Carnegie Corporation Great Immigrant, and is the recipient of the 2015 Healing & Hope award by the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. She is currently a founding board member of the Inter-Jewish Muslim Alliance, and the Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, both of which focus on building Muslim-Jewish coalitions around pressing policy issues, and educating across communities to break barriers.
In 2016 Rabia was named a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researched the intersection of religion and violent extremism in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. During this time Rabia also worked with PYCA, Pakistan Youth Change Advocates, delivering leadership trainings in Islamabad to rising youth advocates from across Pakistan.
Rabia came to USIP from the New America Foundation, where she was an International Security Fellow, developing and leading a CVE (countering violent extremism) community project in partnership with Google, Facebook and Twitter. Her work New America focused on the empowerment of American Muslim communities in social media advocacy.
In 2011 Rabia founded the Safe Nation Collaborative, a CVE training firm, which worked on two fronts: providing CVE and cultural competency training to law enforcement, correctional, and homeland security officials, and providing national security and CVE training to Muslim communities and institutions. During its existence, Safe Nation worked with the US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Justice, the National Counter Terror Center, the Maryland State Police and Correctional Officer Training Commission, and the DC Metro Police Department. As a senior CVE analyst and consultant, Rabia worked on both domestic and international CVE projects with government and nonprofit sectors.
Rabia received her Juris Doctorate from the George Mason School of Law and practiced immigration and civil rights law for over a decade before moving into the CVE policy sphere. Her practice focus was asylum and family immigration, and civil rights defense of Muslim immigrants against federal law enforcement agencies.
Rabia is a frequent public speaker and writer on criminal justice, civil rights, and media advocacy through storytelling.