To successfully combat extremism, we must be able to identify and effectively challenge precursors to radicalization. Violent extremism often proliferates at the grassroots level, where susceptible individuals are able to isolate themselves from their wider communities without attracting too much attention. Without robust and proactive action at this level, we are poorly equipped to contain the threat of terrorism.This program will feature three paneldiscussions with leaders of The TAM Group, a highly-trained and diverse group of experts on radicalization, Islamic theology, human development, social services, prison chaplaincy and community organizing.This event aims to introduce the multidisciplinary expertise that is needed to effectively address the above-mentioned challenges. The panelists will offer case studies that highlight the success of the TAM Group’s methodologies based on the following three panel-themes:
Walter Ridley (Moderator) is the founder, president and CEO of The Ridley Group and Associates, LLC. His extensive work history covers service as a warden, parole board chair, deputy director and director of corrections in the District of Columbia, and church administrator. With more than 44 years of public service and undaunted commitment to human service and community ministry, Mr. Ridley understands inter-agency relations and the complex workings of the federal, state and local governments. Mr. Ridley is a frequent lecturer, speaker, consultant and instructor on criminal justice and public safety issues.
Kareem Abdus-Salaam (Moderator) has over 40 years of experience in the areas of correctional care, organizational management in human services and real estate development and management. In 1994, Mr. Abdus-Salaam started his career by serving as executive vice president of Capital Care Incorporated, a non-traditional innovative correctional care services company, where he provided construction management services to agencies that built correctional and mental health facilities. Currently, Mr. Abdus-Salaam owns a real estate development company specializing in mixed-use, student housing, health care facilities and niche market projects. He is an alumnus of Howard University and holds a master’s of human services degree from Lincoln University.
Justin Dauwd Mavins (Moderator) was born in New York and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in elementary education with a concentration in African American and Multicultural Studies from SUNY Cortland. After traveling and teaching in Saudi Arabia for seven years, Mr. Mavins returned stateside and pursued his graduate degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore in the field of social work, specializing in child welfare. He obtained his masters in social work (MSW) in May 2017, as well as his LGSW (Licensed General Social Worker). Mr. Mavins is currently a social worker with Prince George’s County Department of Social Service.
Dr. Anthony Abdul Haqq Baker is the founder and Managing Director of Strategy To Reach Empower & Educate Teenagers (STREET) UK, a former Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the Centre of Studies in Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) in the University of St Andrews and Research Fellow at the University of Exeter’s European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC). His position and experiences as the former chairman of Brixton Mosque, London between 1994 and 2009 have led to him being widely acknowledged as an authority on processes relating to violent extremism and counter-radicalization in the UK. He is the author of Extremists in Our Midst: Confronting Terror (Palgrave MacMillan 2011 & 2015) and has contributed to a number of publications addressing causes of violent extremism.
Jeffery Carroll is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, managing the Homeland Security Bureau (HSB). His position is one of five Executive Command Staff positions that is responsible for the implementation of goals and objectives set by the Chief of Police and Mayor of the District of Columbia. HSB integrates intelligence and operational functions to ensure that the District is well protected and that the government works to prevent and is prepared to respond to threats and critical incidents. The HSB contains the following three subdivisions: Special Operations Division, Intelligence Division and Joint Strategic & Tactical Analysis Command Center.
Dr. Tahir Wyatt holds undergraduate degrees in Arabic and Islamic studies (with a focus on Hadith) as well as graduate degrees in Islamic theology and comparative religion. In 2013 he became the first and only American appointed to teach at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the second holiest site in the Muslim World. His current research focuses on the theological premise for radicalization and processes through which it is deconstructed and extremist narratives are contextualized.
Joe Bradford holds a graduate degree in Islamic law and legal theory from the Islamic University of Medina. He has studied traditionally and conducted research in Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. His research focuses on early Islam, reformist movements in Muslim societies, hadith, Islamic law, ethics, and finance. He currently works in finance as an advisor to private clients and non- profits.
Mujahid Muhammad, is the President of K.E.Y.S Development, LLC TA and K.E.Y.S. Empowers, a youth based Mental Health and Emotional wellness organization in Maryland. Mr. Muhammad started his clinical career as a mental health clinician with the University of Maryland Hospital. He has also spent ten years as a therapeutic crisis intervention trainer. His extensive experience has allowed him to become the Director for Community Relations with Masjid Al-Ihsan and an advisor and Muslim community relations liaison to the Delegate of the 41st District for the state of Maryland. Mr. Muhammad’s impact on his community has led him to become a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s youth safety commission.
Donna Auston is an anthropologist, writer, and public intellectual whose body of work focuses on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, protest and social movements, media representation, and Islam in America. She is currently completing her dissertation at Rutgers University, an ethnography of Black Muslim activism and spiritual protest in the Black Lives Matter era. Her written work includes book chapters on the historical contributions of African American Muslims in the arts, culture, and social justice movements, and a forthcoming chapter on intersections between Islamophobia and Black Lives Matter. Her work has appeared in various national news outlets. Donna has also recently been named one of the top 100 Muslim Social Justice leaders by MPower Change.
Amin Muslim is a native Washingtonian and grew up in the Kenilworth Courts Public Housing Development. Mr. Muslim’s work has involved providing athletic and academic alternatives to at risk youth with a focus on positive youth development. Mr. Muslim completed 3 years of study in International Relations at Georgetown University; Mr. Muslim’s post-secondary education and training includes credentialing by Cornell University in Family Development, training at Southeastern University in Structured Decision Making, Solution Focused Training, Risk & Safety Assessments: Family Assessment Form Training and training through the National Center for Fathering. Mr. Muslim currently serves as a Supervisory Community Outreach Coordinator for the Metropolitan Police Department.
Kenneth Ingram II is currently a Supervisory Chaplain for the Maryland Division of Corrections and the Imam of the most historic Masjid in Baltimore. Mr. Ingram is responsible for the religious rights, mental health, and spiritual well-being of over 1,000 inmates, both male and female. In recognition of the potential for confusion and radicalization, Mr. Ingram developed “The Islamic Creed Academy” to help educate Americans as to what correct Islam is. Mr. Ingram has over 15 years of experience Religious Director, Director of Language and Theology and Spiritual Advisor to communities throughout the United States and has traveled extensively studying Islam and the Arabic language.
Mohamed Hussein, is a Somali-American, from the DC Metropolitan area. He holds a Bachelors in Hadith and Islamic Studies from Islamic University of Madinah and a Bachelor’s in Biology from George Mason University. Mr. Hussein is the former Youth Director and Assistant Imam at an Islamic Center in Manassas, Virginia. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Somali American Youth Foundation (SAYF). He is also the owner of PGLS, a language services provider. He is a student at the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum and an aspiring law student.
Ibrahim Aziz is the Executive Director of H.O.P.E. Diversified Management, a non-profit whose focus is providing mental health services to underserviced communities. Mr. Aziz has over sixteen years’ experience in the Information Technology field and holds over 10 industry recognized certifications along with an Applied Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Aziz has developed specialized, entry-level IT training programs designed to aid inner-city community members. Mr. Aziz also pioneered an accredited training program with National Academy of Social Workers to educate social workers on how to effectively communicate with Muslim Families involved in the Child Welfare System. Mr. Aziz’s little brother was charged with conspiracy to support ISIL.