(MIAMI, FL, 10/6/2014) -- Representatives of the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) joined other state Muslim leaders at a meeting with top law enforcement and national security officials held last Thursday at the U.S. attorney's office in Miami to discuss counter-terrorism efforts, public safety and hate crimes.
SEE: South Florida Muslim Leaders, Federal Authorities Meet to Discuss Terrorism (Miami Herald)
"The Florida Muslim community is committed to help protect our nation from any threat, whether foreign or domestic, and is similarly committed to preserve the civil and religious rights guaranteed by our Constitution," said Nezar Hamze, regional operations director of CAIR-Florida. "We welcome this type of community dialogue and hope interactions with government officials will expand beyond security-related concerns to encompass the broad range of issues that are important to all Americans."
CAIR-Florida representatives have attended similar meetings statewide with various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies over the last 14 years to combat terrorism, to repudiate extremism and to protect civil liberties endangered by some government policies.
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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