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CAIR-Georgia Expands Amid Rising Islamophobia, Hires Atlanta Attorney as Director

CAIR logo(ATLANTA, GA, 2/25/16) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced that it has hired Atlanta attorney and interfaith activist Edward Ahmed Mitchell to serve as its new executive director. This marks the first step in CAIR-GA’s goal of building a full-time office dedicated to serving the state.

SEE: CAIR Georgia Hires Atlanta Attorney to Serve as New Leader

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this accomplished civil rights organization as it defends Georgia Muslims and other minorities from the rising threat of discrimination,” said Mitchell, who has served as a criminal prosecutor in Atlanta over the past three years.

Mitchell, 29, is also an editor of AtlantaMuslim.com, a presenter with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Fayetteville's Islamic Community Center. He graduated from Morehouse College and Georgetown University, where he served as president of the law school's Muslim Law Students Association.

“Discrimination against American Muslims has increased dramatically in recent years,” Mitchell said. “Although Georgia represented the beating heart of the Civil Rights Movement, our state is not immune to the disease of bigotry. We will, God willing, defend American values by investigating, exposing and stopping discrimination, whenever and wherever we uncover it.”

Local Muslims, as well as any other Georgians who experience threats, harassment or other forms of illegal discrimination, are asked to contact CAIR-GA's Anti-Discrimination Hotline by emailing info@ga.cair.com or calling 970.368.7546.

“We stand ready and willing to work with other civil rights organizations to protect all Georgians from discrimination,” Mitchell said.

“We are excited to have Edward Ahmed Mitchell lead the CAIR chapter in Georgia. We wish him well and strongly believe his experience and dedication to civil rights will be a great asset to the CAIR family and community,†said CAIR-National Executive Director Nihad Awad. 

CAIR-GA plans to engage in interfaith dialogue, provide relevant legal services for free, help register voters, consult with local officials, and offer educational seminars to mosques across Georgia.

CAIR-GA also hopes to address and directly rebut violent extremist narratives, particularly online messages targeted at impressionable youth.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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