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CAIR Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Multiple Incidents Targeting Iraqi Refugee Family in Maryland

(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/2/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for incidents targeting an Iraqi refugee family in Dundalk, Md.

WHAT: Media Availability with Iraqi Refugee Family Targeted by Suspected Bias Motivated Incidents

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m.

CONTACT: CAIR Director of MD Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

The alleged pattern of harassment began in May of this year and left the family, who arrived in the United States two and a half years ago fleeing persecution and violence, once again “afraid for their lives.”  (Baltimore County Police Department Report # 181751900)

In the latest incident, objects — reportedly including a piece of metal and a battery — were hurled through a window in the children’s bedroom, shattering it. The mother, who wears an Islamic headscarf (hijab), now reports being afraid to send her children outside.

“We urge law enforcement authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation of a possible bias motive for these incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, who has been in touch with the Baltimore County Police Department. “As anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and policies dominate the national discourse, we must all be vigilant to possible hate attacks.”

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: Man Sought for Assault After Yanking Muslim Woman’s Hijab in New Hampshire Restaurant

http://www.unionleader.com/crime/man-sought-for-assault-after-yanking-muslim-womans-hijab-in-manchester-restaurant-20180702

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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