Saffiya Shillo is President of the Palestinian American Congress-Chicago chapter, a board member of the Palestinian American Women's Society and board president of Arab American Family Services (a social service agency serving the Chicago area's Arab and Muslim community, of which the majority is Palestinian). She previously worked as Director of Ethnic Affairs for the State of Illinois' Office of Lieutenant Governor and prior to that was Director of the Arab American Institute's Chicago office. She is very involved in Jewish/Israeli-Palestinian dialogue in the Chicago area and has given presentations at area synagogues and Hillels. Shillo currently works as a domestic violence/sexual assault counselor in Chicago's Arab community.

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