Hayat Abdelal (she/her) is the Program Coordinator for NWK Documenters. NWK Documenters are the eyes and ears of the city. The program trains and pays community members to attend and document public meetings to keep communities informed.

Before joining NJAIJ, Hayat was an educator with Teach for America serving in Newark. Hayat studied at Drew University where she also participated in the Civics Scholars program and received her Masters in History from Rutgers-NJIT’s Federated program in Newark. Hayat is a proud Palestinian and passionate about NJAIJ’s vision to work towards making New Jersey a place where everyone has the resources and rights to protect and empower themselves.


  • There is no true justice until there is justice for all. Policies that target immigrants and refugee populations aid a standard of legislation that infringes on the freedom of everyone. To create a more equitable society we need to ensure immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees are also protected.

  • I don’t have a favorite, but I love watching comedy movies with my family!