(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/2/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed two new additions to its national board of directors. Arlene El-Amin and Lori Saroya, both from Minnesota, bring years of civil rights, nonprofit and community serviceexperience to the Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.

Board Arlene-El-AminArlene El-Amin is a long-time community leader and civil rights activist who serves as the manager of Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis. Her volunteer experience includes serving on community, interfaith and social services organizations, such as North High School; Girl Scouts; Home Away; Volunteer Center of St. Paul; Al-Birr Family, Social and Counseling Services; and the Mall Area Religious Council.

Saroya is the co-founder of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR and served as its executiveBoard Lori-Saroya director for almost eight years. Under her leadership, CAIR-MN handled some 200 cases each year and received several awards and recognitions, including the 2013 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association, 2012 CAIR Chapter of the Year Award and 2011 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

“We welcome Arlene and Lori to the board and are certain that their extensive experience will have an important and positive impact on the organization,” said CAIR Board Chair Roula Allouch.

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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