Originally from the Bronx, New York, Anwar now resides in Orangeburg, SC. With an undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Claflin University, Anwar brings an informed perspective and strategy to the pursuits of criminal justice reform and racial justice in South Carolina. In his role, Anwar engages in grassroots organizing; builds strategic relationships with organizational partners, elected representatives and citizens; raises awareness on the ground through public education; and identifies and connects the ACLU of SC's legal team to potential issues affecting justice-involved South Carolinians. Motivated by firsthand knowledge of South Carolina's courts and criminal justice systems, Anwar prioritizes ending voting disenfranchisement, expanding inmate rights, pushing for effective re-entry reform policies, providing court oversight, and ending discrimination in South Carolina's criminal justice system and courts. Anwar is a proud volunteer of the Fatherhood Initiative and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Claflin University.