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CAIR, MCCRC Partner to Host Maryland ‘Bystander Intervention Training of Trainers’ in Response to Bias-Motivated Incidents Statewide

(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/1/18) — On Saturday, February 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations will partner with the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition to offer “Bystander Intervention Training of Trainers” as a response to hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.

WHAT: Bystander Intervention Training of Trainers

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

REGISTER: (Space is limited.)

CONTACT: CAIR Rep. Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

“As bias-motivated incidents continue to occur on college campuses and in public spaces, people often wonder what they can do to intervene and help in case they are a witness,” said CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry. “This training of trainers is designed to expand our network of skilled leaders who cultivate safer communities by teaching people safe ways to disrupt harassment and intervene in potentially volatile situations.”

She cited the latest FBI hate crimes statistics, which revealed that almost one-quarter of the victims of anti-religious hate crimes in 2016 were Muslim, and noted the need for all Americans to unite against all forms of bigotry.  

SEE: CAIR Says New FBI Hate Crimes Report Shows Need to Stand Up to Increasing Bigotry 

Similar bystander intervention trainings, and trainings of trainers, have been organized across the country in response to a wave of bias-related incidents. 

The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that often prevents people from intervening on behalf of victims of harassment, assault, or other criminal activity. Through training in non-violent intervention methods and role-playing in mock scenarios, participants will learn methods and techniques to help train others to overcome the pressure to stay silent.

CAIR has launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

To download 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 of all people, 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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CONTACT: Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062


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