WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/14/04) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, announced today that it has opened a new office in Virginia.
Attendees at an opening ceremony yesterday in Herndon, Va., included Muslim community and interfaith leaders, elected officials and representatives of the FBI and local law enforcement agencies.
CAIR’s Virginia office will deal with issues related to political participation, civil rights and interfaith dialogue for CAIR Maryland and Virginia (CAIR-MD/VA). It joins 29 other regional offices and chapters the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group has nationwide and in Canada. (For the past year, CAIR’s Maryland and Virginia office has been serving the Virginia Muslim community from its office in Bethesda, Md.)
“Currently, more than half of our civil rights cases come from Northern Virginia,” said CAIR-MD/VA Executive Director Rizwan Mowlana. “Our new office will help us better serve the Muslim community of Virginia and the Washington metro area.”
Mowlana said the opening of a CAIR office in Virginia is the fulfillment of a promise made to local Muslims during CAIR-MD/VA’s June 2004 fundraising banquet.
“We appreciate the tremendous support CAIR has received nationwide from the American Muslim community,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. “It is this support that allows us to continue to defend civil liberties and to promote justice for Americans of all faiths.”
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CONTACT: CAIR-MD/VA, Rizwan Mowlana, 301-986-1900, 301-672-9355;
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