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CAIR Calls for New Wyoming Hate Crime Legislation After Bills Defeated 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/20/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for the re-introduction of hate crime bills in the Wyoming legislature following the defeat of two proposed bills in that state. 

Last Tuesday, the Judiciary Committee of the Wyoming Legislature voted against a bill that would have created a de facto hate crime law by updating statutory language. The committee also voted against a bill that would have brought the crime-reporting protocols of law enforcement agencies in the state in line with federal standards. The bills were initially proposed in June. Along with Arkansas and South Carolina, Wyoming remains one of three states without hate crime legislation. 

SEE: Hate crime draft bills voted down by Judiciary Committee

“With racism and bigotry on the rise across the country, legislation protecting vulnerable communities is vital,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We urge lawmakers in Wyoming and nationwide to enact legislation providing strong penalties for bias-motivated crimes.” 

McCaw noted that CAIR offered support for the legislation when it was proposed in June. 

SEE: CAIR Supports Two Proposed Wyoming Hate Crime Bills 

He also noted that CAIR has supported hate crime legislation in a number of states.  

SEE: CAIR Supports Hate Crime Bills in South Carolina, Arkansas  

CAIR Welcomes Expansion of Hate Crime Bill by Maryland State Legislature 

CAIR-MN Calls for Updated Hate Crime Law After Anti-Muslim, Racist Graffiti Sprayed on Minnesota Mosque  

McCaw said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.  

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Civil Rights Complaint for Racist KKK Vandalism Targeting Pakistani-American in Maine 

CAIR Calls on Maryland University to Provide Reasonable Prayer Accommodations for Muslims on Campus, Offer Cultural Competency Training for Staff 

CAIR-MI Welcomes Hate Crime Charge Against Woman Who Assaulted Muslim Woman on Spirit Airlines 

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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.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,         

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