About Us

Yasmeen Hafeez

Yasmeen Hafeez is currently a student at Purdue University, pursuing a major in Management Information Systems. She has worked on several projects related to advocacy for the deaf community, and has a passion for using Human Design to solve real world issues. After watching Pakistan's Hidden Shame, she felt compelled to do something to help protect the street children of Pakistan. She hopes to find a long-term solution that will allow street children to lead long, healthy, and successful lives.

Mohammed Naqvi

Mohammed Ali Naqvi (Mo), director of Pakistan's Hidden Shame, is an internationally celebrated filmmaker, whose work has won over forty prestigious awards and honors, including a Television Academy Honor, two Amnesty International Human Rights Awards, and a Grand Prix from the United Nations Association Festival. He has been nominated for an Emmy, Independent Spirit Award, a Cinema Eye Honor, and the UNESCO-FELLINI Prize. He is also an alumnus of top festivals including Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, and Busan, and an American Film Institute and National Endowment of the Arts Fellow.

Mohammed has been working very closely with the campaign to advise and help support efforts to better the lives of the children in Pakistan that he shone a light on.

Aleena Haider

Aleena Haider is currently a senior at UIC planning to pursue law school in hopes of using her degree to advance human rights around the globe. After working with multiple human rights organizations and falling in love with the work, she realized that it is her duty to do everything she can to help those who need it. Her attention was first brought to this issue after watching Mo Naqvi's documentary Pakistan's Hidden Shame. She hopes to help give these children a fighting chance for a better life now and a better future, and help prevent these horrors from happening to anyone else.

Manizeh Bano

Manizeh Bano is the executive director of Sahil, an organization dedicated to ending child abuse in Pakistan. For 17 years, she has passionately advocated for the protection of children and their rights through Sahil, and for 40 years, she has continuously advocated on behalf of the disenfranchised and worked to improve their lives. She has received numerous awards for her brilliant work and dedication. She hopes to help find fresh new ideas on how to stop the cycle of abuse that street children endure, while helping children rehabilitate and seek help as needed.