Occupation: Law Student
University: City University of New York
Organizations: National Lawyers Guild, Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Bar Association of New York.
Noran Elzarka is a third-year student at The City University of New York School of Law. She is dedicated to working with communities who are criminalized and subject to violence and oppression by the state. She is involved in criminal defense and immigration/deportation defense work. She also works with individuals who have been impacted by post-9/11 policies and practices and facilitates Know Your Rights workshops. She is active in the National Lawyers Guild’s Parole Preparation Project, collaborating with and advocating for people eligible for parole who are serving indeterminate sentences in NY State prisons.
In 2015, she received her B.A. In Political Science and Women’s studies from Drew University, where she proudly served as the co-founder and president of its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter. Her honors thesis examined the intersections between the prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex and the ways in which two racialized wars, the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror”, exacerbate one another and the implications of militarization for Black, Brown, and Muslim communities.
Noran is currently based in New York City and is dedicated to lawyering work that is radical, compassionate, and holistic.