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CAIR, ACLU To Announce Action Against DHS Over NY Detentions

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/19/05) – On Wednesday, April 20, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will hold simultaneous news conferences in New York City and Buffalo, N.Y., to announce action against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over the practice of targeting American citizens participating in religious conferences outside the United States. In December of last year, dozens of American Muslim citizens were detained, interrogated, fingerprinted, and photographed at the Buffalo-Canadian border as they returned home from an annual Islamic conference in Toronto.

WHAT: Simultaneous News Conferences in Buffalo and New York City Announcing CAIR, NYCLU, ACLU Action Against DHS Over NY Border Detentions

WHERE: ACLU National Headquarters, 125 Broad Street, New York, NY NYCLU Western Regional Office, The Ansonia Center, 712 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.

WHO: NY CITY: Detained citizens from Buffalo, NY Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR National Legal Director Donna Lieberman, NYCLU Executive Director Chris Dunn, NYCLU Legal Director Catherine Kim, ACLU Staff Attorney BUFFALO: Detained citizens from Buffalo, NY Udi Ofer, NYCLU Staff Attorney Corey Stoughton, ACLU Staff Attorney Khurrum Wahid, CAIR Legal Advisor Wedade Abdallah, Immigration Attorney CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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CAIR – Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787 or 202-415-0799, E-Mail:; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726,

E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; NYCLU/ACLU – Sheila Stainback, NYCLU Communications Director, 212-344-3005, ext. 244; 917-573-7880; Jeanne-Noel Mahoney and John Curr,, 716-852-4033; Erica Pelletreau,, 212-519-7829; Udi Ofer, 347-645-4333 NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.


CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20003 Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726 Fax: 202-488-0833 E-mail: URL:


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