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CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Area Man Accused of Islamophobic Assault

(Anaheim, California, 7/27/2017) — The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed the arrest of an area man accused of assaulting two Muslim women and targeting one of them, who was wearing a hijab, with a religious slur. The Irvine Police Department arrested the alleged attacker yesterday, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office charged the 35-year-old with two counts of “assault-hate crime with the ability to cause bodily injury,” according to a report today in the OC Register.

“We are grateful to the Irvine Police Department for pursuing this case and standing up for the rights of Californian Muslims,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “We encourage everyone in the community to report suspected hate incidents, allowing our law enforcement professionals to continue protecting American Muslims from Islamophobic attacks.”

CAIR-LA has established a Civil Rights Hotline (714-776-1177) for reporting suspected hate incidents. 

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CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: 

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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