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CAIR-NJ Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Security Officials


(PRINCETON, NJ, 6/19/07) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) held a town hall meeting on Saturday in Edison at which state and national law enforcement officials responded to the concerns of that state’s Muslim community.

At the event, more than 200 people heard from representatives of the FBI, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and state police. Attendees asked questions about law enforcement procedures, the legal rights of those approached by authorities and religious and ethnic profiling.

The program was scheduled to end at 3 p.m., but due to the number of questions from the audience, it was extended one hour.

“We appreciate the willingness of all those who took part in this important event to address the concerns of the New Jersey Muslim community,” said CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi. She said CAIR-NJ hopes to host similar community events in the future.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi, 908-938-5990, E-Mail:


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