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CAIR and ACLU Offer Legal Help to FBI Interviewees

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today announced that it is teaming up with the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to offer free legal advice and support to
Muslims who are approached by the FBI for voluntary interviews.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it
will work with ACLU offices nationwide to provide access to local attorneys
for those targeted during the FBI’s current round of counter-terrorism

“CAIR’s partnership with the ACLU will help Muslims who are unaware of
their legal rights or who just have concerns about being approached by the
FBI,” said CAIR Civil Rights Director Engy Abdelkader. She added that if
anyone is aware of actual terror-related activities in their community,
they should immediately contact the nearest FBI Field Office.


Abdelkader said American Muslims who wish to obtain free legal advice,
support or referrals may call 202-488-8787 or e-mail


CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:

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.


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