Government Affairs

About: The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Government Affairs Department represents and advocates for the interests of the American Muslim community to the United States Congress, the executive branch, and other governmental agencies and entities. The department’s outreach also covers local and state governments.

We promote civic engagement by helping American Muslims connect with their elected officials, stay informed, and register to vote. The department actively monitors legislation and government activities at the local, state, and federal level and responds on behalf of the Muslim community.

CAIR representatives have testified before state legislatures and Congress and sponsored initiatives designed to bring Muslim concerns to their elected representatives. The department helps hold elected officials accountable to and aware of the American Muslim community’s concerns by meeting directly with legislators, issuing action alerts, hosting an annual Muslim Hill Day, and publishing a biennial Congressional Scorecard.

READ CAIR’S AMERICAN MUSLIM ADVOCACY PRIORITIES IN THE 116TH U.S. CONGRESS