Nadia Kayyali is a member of EFF’s activism team. Nadia's work focuses on surveillance, national security policy, and the intersection of criminal justice, racial justice, and digital civil liberties issues. Nadia has been an activist since highschool, when they participated in the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.
Nadia's recent activism has focused on addressing the racial profiling of the Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian community, particularly through curtailing the collaboration of local and federal law enforcement. They have also provided legal support for demonstrators through the National Lawyers Guild and Occupylegal.
Nadia previously served as the 2012 Bill of Rights Defense Committee Legal Fellow where they worked with grassroots groups to restrict the reach of overbroad national security policies. Nadia earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley, with a major in Cultural Anthropology and minored in Public Policy. Nadia received a J.D. from UC Hastings, where they served as Community Outreach Editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the Student National Vice-President for the National Lawyers Guild. During law school they interned at the ACLU of Northern California and Bay Area Legal Aid.
Nadia currently serves on the board of the National Lawyers Guild S.F. Bay Area chapter and works with Fists Up Legal Collective to provide to provide legal support and community education for the Black Lives Matter actions in the Bay Area.