Ali is the Director of the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID), the national network for volunteer visitors in the UK. AVID supports 20 volunteer visitor groups across the UK and lobbies for positive change in the detention system. She has held this position since 2009. Before this, Ali worked for Amnesty International in London and a community regeneration charity in Glasgow, where she specialised in projects for refugee and asylum seeking communities. Ali has an MSc in Public Policy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Refugee Studies.