Qudsia Raja


Qudsia Raja is the Policy Director at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where she leads the policy department and provides issue expertise on a variety of issues areas such as firearms policies, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization, appropriations and immigration. Qudsia has over 10 years of direct service and advocacy in the anti-violence field, and has worked extensively with under-served communities, particularly focused on immigrant, South Asian, and Muslim women. Most recently, she served as the Policy Manager for Health and Safety at YWCA USA, where she led policy and legislative efforts around domestic and sexual violence, gun violence, and trafficking. She serves on the advisory board of the Community Justice Reform Coalition (CJRC), a national advocacy coalition that promotes and invests in evidence-based policies and programs to prevent gun violence and uplift criminal justice reforms in urban communities of color. Additionally, she serves on the board for Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a grassroots organization that uses comprehensive, community-based solutions through an intersectional lens to eliminate public gendered harassment and assault in the DC metropolitan area.

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