Race Treaty Radio – Human Rights defender Onaje Muid


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Race Treaty guest Tonight: Onaje Muid, MSW, LMHC, CASAC, He is the former Non-Governmental Organization representative to the United Nations for the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities, IHRAAM, former co-chair of the International commission of NCOBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, and delegate to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in South Africa in 2001.

Onaje MuidIt was at the Durban that he realized that the third aspect of reparations, rehabilitation, must be set as priority, however not loosing site of the other two, most often talked about which are compensation and restitution.

Upon his return to America, days before 9/11, he began the climb to understand and more importantly resolve inter-generational trauma.
In 2002 he attended and graduated with a master’s degree in social work from SUNY: Stony Brook University -currently on their alumni board- finishing with a self created thesis: ..Then I lost my spirit: an analytical essay on transgeneration trauma theory applied to oppressed people of color nations.

From that thesis he continued to contemplate how historical trauma theory could be used to influence policy, research and social work practices. A graduate of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Academy of African Social Work he specializes in creating culturally appropriate, trauma centered, social justice human service systems to reverse historical trauma for oppressed populations. He developed the Saba Uhuru Saba Ujiji Healing System to transcend historical trauma.

He currently serves as the Clinical Associate Director of Reality House Inc., a behavioral health social transformation organization in New York. His thirty year work in human services emphasizes that populations needing services are the same groups whose human rights have been violated. He is on Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Community Participatory Research Board, is an advisor to their second year students and an adjunct lecturer on advocacy. At NYU Silver School of Social Work he teaches Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege.

His professional involvement is extensive, he serves as the co-chairs for ACHMA: College of Behavioral Health Leadership Diversity Interest Group and National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter Task Force for Social Workers of African Descent. His work in New York City earned him the Exemplary Mid- Career Leadership Award. . He is married to Dr. Fatima Hafiz, they share eleven children between them and are active in community healing campaigns including the International Black Summit, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and the company she founder and runs, with his minor assistance, Transformative Education Associates. His signature affirmation is “I am healing, You are healing, We are healing , Our world is healing.

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