The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has announced that it plans to launch a new study examining the civil rights status of Bay Area Muslims.

According to the organization, the study will focus on racial profiling by documenting and investigating claims from anyone who may have been profiled based on skin color, clothing or religion.

Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hope the planned study will help advocate on behalf of victims of racial profiling, as well as to help compile statistics for an annual civil rights report on racial profiling, according to CAIR-SFBA spokeswoman Abiya Ahmed.

Ahmed said that a recent increase in reports of racial profiling – most commonly revolving around travel — has organization officials concerned. Ahmed gave one example of a man who had been stopped five times on five trips for security checks due to his appearance.

“It’s a stereotype,” Ahmed said. “How do you profile an entire religion? In the past it has proven ineffective. Intelligence should be spent monitoring suspicious behavior and suspicious acts.”

According to Ahmed, when someone reports an incident of racial profiling to the organization, the victim is often referred to the Department of Homeland Security to file a complaint. Many times organization officials also follow up directly with the groups that may have been involved.

“We hope that this will encourage American Muslims to speak out against injustices and allow us to better track such incidents,” CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Manager Yumna Daimee said.

According to the statement released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, all reports are strictly confidential.


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