Rabia Chaudry

The fight for justice goes far beyond Serial

Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, advocate, and author of the New York Times bestselling book “Adnan’s Story” and Executive Producer of a four-part HBO documentary “The Case Against Adnan Syed.”  Rabia is also co-producer and co-host of two podcasts, Undisclosed and The 45th. With nearly 300 million downloads, Undisclosed is the biggest wrongful conviction podcast in the world, and the Undisclosed has helped exonerate half a dozen defendants, and find new evidence to get over a dozen defendants back in court. The 45th is a weekly podcast examining the policies and politics of the 45th US Presidential administration.


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The fight for justice goes far beyond Serial

Rabia was a 2016 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.  She 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 it’s 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.

Rabia is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar and on the Vanguard Board at the Aspen Institute, Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute.  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.

Rabia is currently working on a new podcast project in partnership with iHeartMedia and her second book, “Fatty Fatty Boom Boom”, a memoir on food, fat, and family, due to be published in 2020 by Algonquin Books, and is a frequent public speaker and writer.


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  • Rabia Chaudry Talks Use of Media In Adnan Syed’s Case From ‘Serial’ to HBO Documentary
    Rabia Chaudry speaks in the HBO documentary “The Case Against Adnan Syed.” Chaudry, a lawyer and family friend of Syed’s, has worked nonstop to prove his innocence.
  • The Woman Behind Season One of Serial: Rabia Chaudry Releases New Book on the Untold Story of Adnan Syed and the Murder Case that Captivated Millions
    In 2014, attorney and writer Rabia Chaudry contacted producer Sarah Koenig at This American Life to pitch a story about the 1999 murder case of Maryland teenager Hae Min Lee.
  • Amy Berg & Rabia Chaudry On Bringing ‘Serial’ To TV & The Struggles Faced On The Way
    During the last episode of This American Life’s true-crime podcast Serial, Adnan Syed — the man whose 19-year-old murder conviction acted as the centrepiece of the story — asked reporter…
  • Rabia Chaudry on why race and religion are key to The Case Against Adnan Syed
    The lawyer and executive producer of The Case Against Adnan Syed wants people to understand the role that Syed’s faith and ethnicity played in his story.
    Rabia talks about her journey and where she draws her deep passion for justice.
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