(MIAMI, FL, 5/2/12) — Representatives of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) and the South Florida Muslim community met Monday with U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer, Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Heming and an FBI official to discuss issues of mutual concern, including civil rights and school bullying.
The meeting was part of an ongoing outreach effort by the Department of Justice to strengthen relations with the American Muslim community.
At the meeting, CAIR-South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze related reports by members of that state’s Muslim community of alleged civil rights violations by law enforcement authorities. Members of the Florida Muslim Congress also shared reports of Muslims being profiled during travel, allegedly because of their race, religion or ethnicity.
During the meeting, Muslim participants also highlighted ongoing cooperation with state and national law enforcement authorities.
“We are encouraged by the working relationship the Department of Justice has established with the Muslim community in South Florida,” said Hamze. “Being able to meet face-to-face is the best way to address issues such as profiling and the bullying of Muslim and other minority students in our state’s schools.”
“Meetings such as this one provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the need to protect the constitutional rights of all those who interact with state and federal law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR-South Florida Legal Counsel Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, who also took part in Monday’s meeting.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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: CAIR South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze, 954-673-9459, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org