(Chicago, IL, 4/2/2006) – The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) conducted sensitivity training recently for some 30 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and administrators in Chicago.
CAIR-Chicago’s presentation focused on basic Islamic beliefs and practices, including discussion of misconceptions about the concept of Jihad and the religious attire of Muslim women.
“Both sessions were a great opportunity to address a lot of common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims,” said Christina Abraham, Civil Rights Coordinator of CAIR-Chicago. “It is important that any law enforcement officer be educated about the communities they interact with on a daily basis.”
The session was a proactive effort to familiarize ICE officers with Islam. Presenting to the officers were CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Coordinator Christina Abraham and Prison Project Coordinator Mariyam Hussain.
CONTACT: Civil Rights Coordinator Christina Abraham, 312-212-1520; or Director of Communications Ahmed Rehab, 312-212-1520