A prominent religious freedom advocate, accused of anti-Muslim bias while serving on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), hit back Monday with an open letter outlining her work "with and on behalf of Muslims in the area of religious freedom."

Nina Shea, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of its Center for Religious Freedom, recently ended a 12-year stint as one of nine appointed commissioners on the USCIRF, an independent statutory body that advises Congress and the executive branch.

A Muslim who was employed by the USCIRF as a policy analyst for a short period in 2009, Safiya Ghori-Ahmad, is bringing a federal lawsuit against the commission, alleging discrimination.

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