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CAIR Condemns ‘Go Back to Your Country’ Harassment of Vermont Hispanic Family

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/31/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the allegedly bias-motivated harassment of a Hispanic family with a young child in Barre, Vt. 

A man reportedly yelled obscenities referencing the family’s ethnicity and told them to “go back to your country.” The suspect faces several charges, including two with hate crime enhancements.

SEE: Barre Man Accused of Harassing Hispanic Family Faces Hate Crime Charges

“This is yet another example of allegedly bias-motivated behavior that reflects the racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric emanating from the highest levels of our society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper added 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.

This week, CAIR condemned several other hate incidents across the nation.

SEE: CAIR, ACLU Condemn Distribution of Racist, Anti-Semitic Messages in West Virginia Community

CAIR Condemns Racist Vandalism of San Diego African-American Family’s Home

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,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,

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