Mohammad Razvi was born in 1971 in Pakistan. He and his family immigrated to the United States in the late 1970s, where they settled in Sheepshead Bay. He started several businesses in Midwood, and founded the Council of People’s Organization (COPO) after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Through COPO, engagement with law enforcement agencies, and participation in research regarding hate crimes, Razvi worked to provide support to Muslim and immigrant communities. See this narrator’s full biography and oral history.
Oral History Clips:
Mohammad Razvi shares memories of growing up in a diverse community in Sheepshead Bay.
Mohammad Razvi describes how the federal NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) special registration program led to a mass exodus of Pakistanis from Ditmas Park in 2002.
Mohammad Razvi discusses how his community was gripped by the fear of deportation in the first two years after the 9/11 attacks.
Portrait of Mohammad Razvi in front of COPA.
Photo by Joey O’Loughlin