Meet Our Legal Team

Farida Chehata, Esq. : Immigrants’ Rights Managing Attorney

Farida Chehata, Esq.

Immigrants’ Rights Managing Attorney

Farida Chehata is the Immigrants’ Rights Managing Attorney at CAIR-LA. Farida obtained dual B.A. degrees in political science and economics from the University of California, Irvine. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. Farida's work as a legal extern for the Ugandan Court of Appeals and her involvement in Pepperdine’s Asylum Clinic during law school piqued her desire to pursue public interest law. After being admitted to the State Bar of California, Farida practiced in multiple areas of civil litigation before concentrating solely on immigration law. Her current work at CAIR-LA focuses on managing the Immigrants’ Rights Center and providing direct legal services to immigrant communities and their families in the greater Southern California area.

Madiha Siddiqui, Esq. : Immigrants' Rights Attorney

Madiha Siddiqui, Esq.

Immigrants' Rights Attorney

Madiha S. Siddiqui is an Immigrants’ Rights Attorney at CAIR-LA, where she provides direct legal services to immigrant communities and their families in the greater Southern California region. Madiha earned her J.D. from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Chapman Law Review and successfully represented victims of domestic violence in VAWA and asylum cases through Chapman’s Immigration Family Protection Clinic. Prior to joining CAIR-LA, Madiha was an associate attorney at the international law firm Crowell & Moring. Madiha earned her BA, magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Maheen Ali, Esq. : Immigrants' Rights Attorney

Maheen Ali, Esq.

Immigrants' Rights Attorney

Marwa Rifahie, Esq. : Civil Rights Attorney

Marwa Rifahie, Esq.

Civil Rights Attorney

Marwa Rifahie is a Civil Rights Attorney with the CAIR-LA Office. Marwa provides direct legal services to individuals who are victims of discrimination from both the government and private entities. Marwa is experienced in a diverse array of practice areas within the civil rights context including employment, national security, law enforcement practices, and prisoner’s rights. Marwa received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Middle East/South Asia Studies from University of California, Davis and received her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

Masih Fouladi, J.D. : Advocacy Manager

Masih Fouladi, J.D.

Advocacy Manager

Maureen Dadabhoy, M.A. : Legal Coordinator

Maureen Dadabhoy, M.A.

Legal Coordinator

Maureen Dadabhoy serves as the Legal Coordinator for CAIR-LA. Maureen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton and earned her Master’s Degree in Education along with a Teaching Credential before pursuing a career change to the Legal arena. While working for a law firm Maureen earned her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Maureen served as the Director of the Client Relations at an Estate planning law firm before joining CAIR-LA. She has a very clear understanding of why Civil Rights and Immigration matters are necessary from a financial, personal, and social perspective. With Maureen’s finance background as a former banker and organizational skills as a former teacher, and paralegal; she is able to facilitate cases with procedural accuracy. 

Patricia Shnell, Esq. : Civil Rights Attorney

Patricia Shnell, Esq.

Civil Rights Attorney

Patricia Shnell joined CAIR-LA as a Civil Rights Attorney in October 2017. She handles a diverse range of anti-discrimination work including providing clients with direct legal services and working as part of CAIR-LA’s advocacy team. Patricia has experience in international human rights including work with asylum and refugee law, statelessness, and immigration in the Middle East and South Africa. She graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Development Studies and a minor in Education. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.