On the night of Thursday, December 5, the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut(SABAC) held their 7th Annual Awards Dinner. SABAC was formed in 2003 to connect and engage South Asian lawyers and law students. Their initiatives include student and attorney support, networking, and community outreach. SABAC also collaborates with APAAC on programs and services for APA communities.
At this year’s banquet, SABAC recognized Shayana Kadidal, Esq. of the renown Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Dr. Saud Anwar, former Commissioner, physician humanitarian, and Mayor of the Town of South Windsor. Shayana and Dr. Anwar signify the leadership and responsibility necessary for APA advancement, as well as collective progress for all communities.
Shayana Kadidal presently serves as Senior Managing Attorney of the CCR’s Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative. Shayana has been involved in significant Guantánamo detention cases, reaching the Supreme Court of the United States more than once. He also worked on cases related to post-9/11 internal immigration enforcement. Demonstrating the breadth of his commitment to justice, Shayana has also led litigation regarding the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless wiretapping program, and underepresented black firefighters in New York City.
Dr. Saud Anwar hardly requires introduction in the State of Connecticut. He and his family engage multiple humanitarian initiatives, such as the South Windsor Haiti School, while focusing on education and youth development. While recognized across the nation and globe for his various expertise, Dr. Anwar never neglects his commitments to family and community. Solidifying these responsibilities, Dr. Anwar recently earned the distinction of being Connecticut’s first South Asian Mayor.
As a parent and public official, Dr. Anwar’s primary priorities revolve around children. As APAAC reported upon hearing of Dr. Anwar’s Mayorship, Dr. Anwar envisions a world where healthy, educated, and integrated youth lead society to great heights.
Dr. Anwar’s experience as a physician informs his service as a key policy-maker. This entails an unprejudiced commitment to improve the lives and conditions of the people. Dr. Anwar also believes that each and every individual must contribute to the process of progress. He expresses that APA communities, in particular, must engage Board of Education meetings and other policy forums to contribute their perspective and express their concerns.
As a former APAAC Commissioner, Dr. Anwar strongly advocated that we cultivate and manifest solidarity with other communities, and think beyond ourselves in our work towards progress.
The dedication of Shayana Kadidal and Dr. Saud Anwar to peace and justice very well merit honor at SABAC’s 7th Annual Dinner. The work of these individuals represents a guiding star for APAs seeking to advance our communities and achieve justice for all people.
APAAC conveys great appreciation to SABAC for their continued support, and congratulations to Shayana Kadidal and Dr. Saud Anwar for their consummate achievements!