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CAIR-MA Issues First-Ever Report on Muslim Youth Bullying in Massachusetts

Report shows 60% of Muslim students surveyed report being mocked, verbally harassed, or physically abused   

(BOSTON, MA, 05/03/21) – On Tuesday, May 4, the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, will hold a virtual news conference to discuss the release of the first-ever report of Muslim high school students’ experiences of racially and religiously-motivated bullying in Massachusetts titled “Massachusetts Muslim Youth: Standing Up & Speaking Out.”   


WHAT: CAIR-MA Virtual News Conference to Discuss First-Ever Report “Massachusetts Muslim Youth: Standing Up & Speaking Out”   

WHEN: Tuesday, 5/4/21, 11 AM ET   


Reporters are encouraged to post questions in the comments section, which will then be answered live.   

CONTACT:  CAIR-MA Youth Advocacy Officer Fatuma Mohamed, (617) 297-7824,   

Conducted by surveying almost 200 Muslim public high school students in Massachusetts, the report indicates, among other findings:   

  • 60% of respondents report being mocked, verbally harassed, or physically abused for being Muslim   
  • 33% of respondents have altered their appearance, behavior, or names to hide the fact that they are Muslim   
  • 17% of respondents report having their hijab tugged, pulled on, or other forms of offensive touching  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.      

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.      


CONTACT:  CAIR-MA Youth Advocacy Officer Fatuma Mohamed, (617) 297-7824,   

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