Founded by a father whose son committed an act of terrorism, Parents for Peace is an alliance made up of families whose loved ones were recruited into extremism; former extremists; survivors of extremist violence; and others who support our mission. We aim to translate pain into a positive way forward, sharing our experiences to encourage people struggling with a loved one’s potential involvement in extremism to reach out and find help. Click here to see videos of some of our stories.
Saliha Ben Ali
Saliha was devastated when in 2013 her 19-year son Sabri, the oldest of her three children, suddenly left their home in Belgium for Syria to join ISIS. She tried to convince him to return, but he died only 3 months later. Refusing to allow Sabri’s death to be in vain, she has become a powerful voice of education and prevention through her organization, SAVE Belgium.
Nicola Benyahia has extensive experience within the social care sector, spanning over 25 years with extensive work in the context of mental health provision. She is a fully qualified, registered BACP (British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy) Counsellor with specific experience in mental health, brain injury and most recently working and counseling young people aged 14 to 25 years old. As a mother personally affected by the impact of violent radicalisation processes in her own family, she decided to give her own experiences a voice and recently stepped forward for other families sharing similar problems.
TM Garret Schmid, publicly known as TM Garret, is a German-American author, producer, filmmaker, marketing expert, radio personality, human rights activist and founder of C.H.A.N.G.E, a Memphis-based non-profit organization which engages in community outreach programs, food drives, seminars, anti-racism campaigns and anti-violence campaigns. He is also the founder and organizer of the annual Memphis Peace Conference, which includes an Inter-Faith and a Community Panel and was first held at Withers Collection Museum and Gallery in Memphis on Sep 29, 2018.
Yusuf’s son Zacharia, attempted to travel to Syria to join ISIS. He pleaded guilty to material support to an international terrorist organization, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He feels fortunate his son was caught before getting to Syria, knowing many other parents did not have the same result.
Elizabeth Moore was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. While attending high school, she was introduced to the white supremacist group, The Heritage Front. Moved by feelings of anger and ignorance about the racial, cultural and economic tensions in her school, she embraced the racist-right. Ultimately, after much soul searching, and with the assistance of Bernie Farber and the Canadian Jewish Congress, Elizabeth cut ties with the racist right. Since then, Elizabeth has participated in numerous anti-Fascist education initiatives, reaching millions. She has worked on anti-racist films, multimedia educational initiatives, and contributed to textbooks and a government report in an effort to educate people about the dangers of hate groups. Elizabeth is currently exploring new ideas and developing avenues to continue her educational and artistic endeavors.
Executive Director – Myrieme Nadri-Churchill
Myrieme Churchill, Executive Director of P4P, has over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, working in variety of settings and with a range of populations in Europe and the U.S. Beginning her career in France, she intervened with first and second-generation North African immigrant sex workers on the streets of Marseille and facilitated group therapy in a juvenile detention center in Nice. In the U.S, Churchill worked as a group therapy counselor in an inpatient dual diagnosis unit at Beth Israel Deaconess and as program director of a dual diagnosis drop-in center in suburban Boston. She obtained several life coach and professional coach certifications and has maintained a coaching practice based in Monaco since 2000. She also developed and delivered training programs in the Institut Regional Administration (Nantes, FR) teaching coaching strategies to improve leadership and management in the French regional government context, and conducting follow-up coaching sessions with officials who received the training. Her therapy and coaching background were essential to the development of the Parents For Peace helpline model, and her native language skills have facilitated Parents For Peace establishing connections with counter extremism programs in Montreal, France, and Belgium.
Operations Director – Shalini Kasida
Shalini Kasida, Operations Director of P4P has worked with numerous non-profit organizations that focus on public health and education for at-risk youth and children in marginalized communities, both in the US and globally. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Doc Wayne and the Brookline Education Foundation. Shalini is also an active member of Partners in Health Engage, focusing on High Schoolers, and an advisor to the board-chair of Summits Education, based in Haiti. Prior to Shalini’s work in non-profit, she worked for 25 years in leadership and management roles in the technology industry, working on product marketing and usability of software applications
Program Coordinator – Justin O’Shea
Justin O’Shea, Programs Coordinator at P4P, graduated from Connecticut College with a double major in Religious Studies and History in May 2010. He graduated from the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies with a Master of Arts in International Relations and Religion in May 2017, where he focused on religious-based extremism and terrorism, particularly the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
Susanna Stern, JD
Susanna is a partner at the law firm Landay Leblang Stern in Boston where she has a Latin American banking and finance practice. She speaks Portuguese and has lived, worked and studied in Brazil. Susanna has served on non-profit and educational boards and volunteers for community and social justice causes.
Shelagh Leahy has worked as a Producer, Showrunner, and Executive at ABC News, CNN, MSNBC and PBS. She’s taught Journalism at Boston University and serves on the Screening Review Board for the DuPont Awards at Columbia University.
Dr. Born and raised in Canada, Mubin Shaikh grew up with two conflicting and competing cultures. In 2004, he was recruited by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and worked several classified infiltration operations on the internet, in chat-protected forums and on the ground with human networks. He is now an external SME (Subject Matter Expert) on national security and counterterrorism to the Command Staff of CENTCOM, the United Nations Security Council & Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate and trains police, intelligence and special operations forces on relevant topics.
A clinical psychologist educated at the University of Nice, Anne-Laurence contributes to the regions effort to prevent and counter extremism through her work for the Association EntrAutres and the Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture. Her responsibilities include training and supervising frontline workers, facilitating groups for families who have experienced or are concerned about the radicalization of a relative, and running prevention workshops for students and their parents at local schools.
Souleymane Konate, PhD
Souley is a ResearchFellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. He previously taught mathematics at the College of the Holy Cross and contributed to radiological imaging projects at UMass Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He now brings this technical expertise and data science background to the Chan School’s ongoing work of evaluating programs aimed at countering ideologically motivated violence.
Marik Fetouh is the Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux, France. Educated in public health and law, Fetouh has dedicated his career as a public servant to addressing issues like diversity, equality, and discrimination. He is now responsible for overseeing the city’s Centre for Action and Prevention Against Radicalization of Individuals (CAPRI).
Herman Deparice-Okomba, PhD
Dr. Deparice-Okomba is Executive Director of the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) in Montreal. A political scientist and recognized expert in intercultural relations, radicalization, terrorism, discrimination, and community policing, he was responsible for social issues for ten years with the Montreal police service. He is also a lecturer on terrorism and emergency management at several universities.
*Parents for Peace members come together with the common goal of preventing violent extremism. Some members are also active in other organizations and initiatives outside of Parents for Peace. We respect our members and the diversity of personal experiences, perspectives, and beliefs they represent. The content provided on this website is for educational purposes. Statements made, views expressed, and opinions given by Parents for Peace members in other forums are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Parents for Peace.