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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Iowa Girl Run Down in Racist Attack

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/20/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime charges after a 14-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle in an apparent racist attack in Iowa. 

A woman has been charged with attempted murder after she told officers she intentionally ran over the girl because she believed the teen was “Mexican.”

SEE: Latino Leader Says Community Asking About Hate Crime Charge

Police: Iowa Woman Said She Ran Over Girl in Racist Attack

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“We condemn this act of violence allegedly targeting a young girl because she was perceived to be part of the Latino community and call on law enforcement authorities to consider bringing hate crime charges in the case,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Along with other minority communities, members of the Latino community have increasingly been targeted by hatred and discrimination in the current toxic political environment.”

He 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.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in North Carolina, Wyoming, Illinois

CAIR-SFBA Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community After Man Attacked, Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Assault

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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