(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/23/12) – In response to the more than 2000 discrimination cases CAIR received in the past year, we have expanded our civil rights department by hiring new attorneys and have added other staff who will monitor growing Islamophobia and the more than 54 anti-Islam bills introduced in state legislatures nationwide.
Because of this increased need, CAIR today launched a special Civil Rights Defense Fund dedicated to providing the legal resources needed to defend those Americans who suffer discrimination or are unfairly targeted merely because they are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim.
“It is important that CAIR have the resources necessary to offer legal challenges to the growing Islamophobia in our society,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad cited support for CAIR’s work from Muslim community leaders and urged all those who value civil rights to give generously to the fund.
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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.