About Us

While Moroccans who migrated to European countries were typically unskilled workers hoping to escape their country’s high unemployment rate, those who came to the United States from approximately the late 1970s through the 1990s tended to have more education and better job skills. They settled in urban areas, especially in New York City, New England, the District of Columbia, California, and Texas, where they often established small businesses or entered professional fields.

By the late 1990s, a large proportion of Moroccans in the United States were students or recent university graduates. With the recent economic downturn, the question of how to promote the welfare of Moroccan Americans in the US and protect their rights has catapulted to the center of the Moroccan-American agenda. As such, a stronger presence and support from a legal standpoint to the Moroccans in the US, is most needed to support the Moroccan American diaspora.
In light of the strong need for the legal empowerment of the Moroccan American community, and in line with His Majesty’s National Initiative of Human Development, to include the Moroccan community abroad; The Ministry in charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad, heading by his Excellency Minister Ameur’, recently announced a legal strategy for the Moroccan communities living abroad, I would like to announce the launch of the AMERICAN MOROCCAN LEGAL EMPOWERMENT NETWORK

• AMLEN is a national grassroot advocacy organization committed to a progressive movement for legal empowerment, social and economic justice for the Moroccan American community and immigrants in general.
• Inform, Organize and join the many immigration advocacy organizations seeking comprehensive immigration reform.
• Build alliances with communities and organizations to increase pro-immigrant policies and to speak again all forms of discriminations and abuse.
• Stand against all forms of illegal and unethical treatment directed towards immigrants to include hate crimes, illegal searches, arrests and raids, adverse impact policies, illegal detention and enforcement and any anti-immigrant treatment.

The UN Convention on Migrant Workers’ Rights is the most comprehensive international treaty in the field of migration and human rights. Adopted in 1990 and entered into force in 2003, it sets a standard in terms of access to human rights for migrants. However, it suffers from a marked indifference: only forty states have ratified it and no major immigration country has done so. This highlights how migrants remain forgotten in terms of access to rights.
Even though their labor is essential in the world economy, the non-economic aspect of migration remains a neglected dimension of globalization. This highlights how migrants remain forgotten in terms of access to rights, especially women. As such, AMLEN will concert its efforts to: stress the importance of educating women migrant communities about their rights and mechanisms for access to justice in the host country; and the need for a rights-based approach to migration in the age of globalization.


Leila, a Moroccan-American international qualified lawyer,  from Washington DC is a World Bank professional and most recently, focal point for the International Criminal Court Middle East and North Africa Coalition work. An avid advocate for Diaspora rights, Leila is Founder and Chief Counsel of international development law firm and think-tank ARPA Dispute Resolution. Leila was selected to serve in leadership positions at a young age at the intersection of law, foreign policy and economic development. As staff attorney & programs manager of the ABA’s World Justice Project to becoming a World Bank young professional, Leila’s experience consists of work in comparative legal systems, international law, rule of law, and international organizations. Leila was also the winner of the World Bank Middle East and North Africa Innovation Fund.In 2013, Leila was selected by the Moroccan Government as Commissioner in the National Inter-Governmental Commission for Policy Dialogue.

Leila serves on the Board of several organizations, including the United Nations Association YP, the Moroccan-American Legal Network, Morocco World News, and the International Center of Mediation and Arbitration.  Leila also serves on the KATERVA Global Awards Expert Panel.

Leila is Lecturer in Law and profiled in media outlets for academic and professional accomplishments, ranging from her selection as Young Moroccan American Law Personality to Recipient of Young Leadership & Innovation Award by the Society for International Development. Leila is a graduate of American University Georgetown University, & George Washington University Law School Washington DC, currently doctoral researcher in law.

Nadia migrated to the US early 2000. She currently serves as Member of the CCME – Council of Moroccans Living Abroad, created by His Majesty King Mohamed VI to address the challenges and find resolutions to the questions and matters related to the growing Moroccan community outside Morocco. Nadia is a Human Capital Management professional, with over 10 years of experience in cross-border and International settings, U.S Federal Contracts; and was also the owner of Serana Group llc, a Small Business Consultant. Her area of expertise is Federal and States employment laws in addition to international Labor Laws. Nadia is also a founding member of the Morocco Foundation and General Secretary for the association which was created in the US in 2004, and known for being one of if not the first 501 (c) 3 created within the Moroccan-American community to serve the needs of Moroccans in the US and in Morocco through literacy programs, healthcare and various other initiatives. Nadia is also member of the prestigious US-based Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Diversity Task Force in charge of creating the foundation for diversity-initiatives within the workplace. Furthermore, Nadia is also member of the Technical Committee that will oversee the U.S. Proposal for International Standards on Human Resource Management.
Nadia has conducted various research projects to benefit the CCME in regards to the Moroccan community in the US, amongst them: The US Retirement system in the US and The US Detention system – the case of migrant detainees.

Our Team

Sarah Alaoui graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in political science and is currently finishing an M.A. in Public Affairs/Action at Sciences Po Lille in France. Her interests lie in, but are not limited to: the integration and civic participation of the Moroccan diaspora in France, the status of women in MENA countries, and U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world.



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