When fathers and sons started disappearing in Brooklyn’s Little Pakistan after Sept. 11, their distraught relatives, not knowing where else to go, appealed to local businessmen. Until then, Mohammed Razvi, a business developer in his early 30s with four children, a trim beard and a Brooklyn accent, hadn’t thought much about social work. He wanted to make money, not change lives. But he also couldn’t turn away the immigrants, many of them poor, illegal and unable to speak English, who were searching for the men who’d been caught in the FBI’s frantic and indiscriminate roundup.

The neighborhood’s Business Merchants Association arranged a meeting with the FBI and local politicians, but they were told that if they wanted to find the men who’d been detained, they’d have to fill out Freedom of Information Act requests. Razvi knew the detainees’ relatives would never be able to do that alone, so he decided to take time off work to help…


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