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CAIR-Massachusetts to Release First-Ever Civil Rights Report Documenting Islamophobic Abuses in State

(BOSTON, MA, 3/26/2019) – On Wednesday, March 27, the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) will release its first annual Civil Rights Report. The report documents CAIR-MA’s 232 requests for legal assistance in the calendar year, including instances of vicious hate crimes and youth bullying. 

The number of requests for help in the areas that CAIR-MA handles continued to increase from past years. The report also describes CAIR-MA’s educational and outreach activities to empower Massachusetts’ Muslim community.  

CAIR-MA’s 2018 Civil Rights Report: 

http://www.cairma.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CAIR-MA-2018-Civil-Rights-Report.pdf

CAIR-MA’s Civil Rights Director, Barbara J. Dougan, will hold a media availability tomorrow to discuss the findings.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th, 1 – 3 PM EST

WHERE: CAIR-MA’s offices, 123 South Street, Suite 3, Boston, MA 02111

CONTACT: CAIR-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara Dougan, 781-281-9992, bdougan@cair.com

“This report is a vital part of our organization’s mission to defend civil liberties,” said CAIR-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara J. Dougan. “The first report of its kind in Massachusetts, it will allow us to track, year by year, the status of Muslim civil rights in the Commonwealth. Already, the level of hatred and discrimination being experienced by Muslims in our state should concern all citizens, law enforcement, and elected officials.”

The report contains narrative accounts of discrimination against Muslims on city streets, in stores, on public transportation, at work, while traveling, at home and in prison.

For a print copy of the CAIR-MA 2018 Civil Rights Report, please contact the Civil Rights Department at bdougan@cair.com.

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. American Muslims and members of other minority groups are urged 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: https://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara Dougan, 781-281-9992, bdougan@cair.com

 

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