Lubabah Abdullah joined Tahirih in 2021 as the Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston Office. As a long-time attorney, Ms. Abdullah worked at Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, the Julian Center, one of the first family justice centers in the United States, and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana as Executive Director. She has managed and established multiple legal programs, including a modest-means legal clinic, a pro-bono protection order program which ensured that every woman who came to the courthouse for a protection order had an attorney to advocate alongside her. She started her own law practice in 2009 and focused primarily on serving families, through family law, estate planning, and family-based immigration. Much of her work in the nonprofit sector, as well as her own personal law practice, has focused on creating a holistic approach to client’s problems. She firmly believes that in helping a family address not just their legal problems, she is able to provide them the tools necessary to heal themselves, their children, their families, and their communities making us all stronger and more resilient.
From her 20+ years of experience at nonprofits, she is committed to building consensus, rooted in values of transparent decision-making and communication. She has a strong commitment to education, outreach, and advocacy, and long history of personal and professional commitment to the immigrant community. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri and speaks fluent Arabic and conversational Spanish. She sits on the board of the Islamic Society of North America and steering committee of Houston Faith Leaders Coalition. She served as a Board member of Al-Salam Day School for seven years and founded a new campus of the school. She is also an advisor to the Peaceful Families Project, which is devoted to preventing domestic violence, with a particular focus on Muslim families of diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. She is a member of the Houston Muslim Bar Association and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association.
One of the things that I love about Tahirih is the unique interdisciplinary approach to direct services, including legal and social services, policy advocacy, training and education. In the fight to end gender-based violence, we must help address all areas of a client’s needs because they are the experts for their own life journey.
Education: Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate, the University of Missouri
Hometown: Chicago/St. Louis