(LEXINGTON, KY, 10/26/04) – The Kentucky office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-KY) held a sensitivity training workshop on Islam and the American Muslim community yesterday for FBI agents in Lexington.
Thirteen FBI agents, including supervisory personnel, 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 formal CAIR-KY presentation.
“These types of educational workshops help build a better relationship between law enforcement agencies and the Muslim community,” said CAIR-KY Chairman Abdul Quayyum. “We hope to expand this successful program to help the police and FBI in other areas of our state.”
Quayyum said CAIR-KY is also hosting a Ramadan fast-breaking event, or iftar, for public and law enforcement officials on October 29 in Lexington. A senior FBI official who attended the CAIR-KY sensitivity training session will speak at that event.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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