(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/12/14) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today announced that its board chair Kausar Hussain has received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM). CAPM is a state agency created by the Minnesota Legislature to advise the governor on issues pertaining to Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
Ms. Hussain is dedicated to serving the community through her professional and volunteer work. She has volunteered with CAIR-MN since its founding in 2007. Ms. Hussain joined the CAIR-MN board of directors in 2012.
Under Ms. Hussain's leadership, CAIR-MN has undergone strategic changes and the civil rights and legal advocacy organization has handled hundreds of cases, including school bullying and harassment, land use opposition, bias-motivated crimes, racial and religious profiling, and extra judicial exile. The majority of CAIR-MN's cases involve employment discrimination, including discrimination in hiring and firing, hostile work environments, and denial of religious accommodations.
In recent years, CAIR-MN has been featured countless times in local news media and received numerous awards, including the 2013 Pro Bono Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association.
In her acceptance speech for the CAPM award, Ms. Hussain said, "I cherish my current work at CAIR-MN and thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve the community through the programs and services of CAIR-MN, such civil rights advocacy, media relations, civic engagement and trainings. As an American from India, this award especially means a lot to me. It shows me that my fellow Asian Americans support, recognize and value the contributions made to our community."
Ms. Hussain was presented with the award at the May 9 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Dinner in Oakdale, Minnesota.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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