(ORLANDO, FL, 05/05/06) – The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today held a diversity training workshop on Islam and the American Muslim community at the University of Central Florida’s downtown Orlando Ying Academic Center.
Approximately 15 law enforcement agents, including members from the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, attended the workshop that examined basic Islamic beliefs and concepts, common stereotypes of Islam and Muslims, and ways in which to improve interactions with the Muslim community. Agents were able to ask questions throughout the two-hour CAIR-FL presentation.
“This type of positive interaction between law enforcement officials and the Muslim community helps break down barriers to communication and promotes mutual understanding,” added CAIR-FL Chairman Atif Fareed.
Fareed said CAIR-FL hopes that it will continue to expand the program to help train law enforcement authorities in other parts of the state, just as it did in Orlando and in Jacksonville. CAIR offices in other states have offered similar training programs.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: Christopher W. Cusano, Orlando Director, (407) 649-1660 or (407) 473-1555, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.