(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/23/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of an alleged hate crime assault on a Nebraska Muslim woman.
Lincoln, Neb., police are investigating the reported assault on 18-year-old Muslim woman as a possible hate crime. The victim, who suffered cuts on her face and body, was reportedly knocked to the ground and kicked on Wednesday night by two white males who made “threatening and derogatory comments.” Police said the suspects fled the scene.
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“We hope the offer of a reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of the alleged perpetrators,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Incidents in which a bias motive is suspected must be treated with the seriousness they deserve, and the alleged perpetrators must be brought to justice.”
Hooper noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
He said CAIR has reported more than 500 incidences of anti-Muslim bias or harassment in the United States in 2019 alone.
SEE: More Than 500 Attacks on Muslims in America This Year
Earlier this week, CAIR condemned a pair of threats targeting mosques in Virginia and Florida, calling them symptomatic of rising Islamophobia in the United States.
CAIR: Threats Targeting Mosques in Virginia, Florida are Symptom of Rising Islamophobia
Earlier this month, CAIR-Connecticut called for an investigation into a possible bias motive for a fire set at a New Haven mosque.
SEE: CAIR-Connecticut Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for New Haven Mosque Arson
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com