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CAIR, Other Civil Rights Groups to Hold News Conference Following Md. Court Arguments Challenging Trump’s Latest Muslim Ban

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/15/2017) – On Monday, October 16, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join other civil rights organizations at a news conference outside a federal court in Maryland following 2 p.m. arguments in three separate but related challenges to the Trump administration’s latest “Muslim ban.”

Immediately following the arguments, the groups will hold a joint news conference on the plaza in front of the courthouse.

WHERE: U.S. District Court in Maryland, 6500 Cherrywood Lane (Judge Theodore D. Chuang’s courtroom), Greenbelt, Maryland 

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Becca Heller, International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center (moderator)
  • Mana Kharrazi, Executive Director, Iranian Americans Across Borders 
  • Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Board Member, Yemeni American Merchants Association
  • Omar Jadwat, Director, ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • Johnathan Smith, Legal Director, Muslim Advocates
  • Gadeir Abbas, Senior Litigation Attorney, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Michael W. Price, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Justin Cox, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, will be available to answer questions along with the scheduled speakers.

Like previous versions, the new ban announced last month blocks travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries — in this version, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. The new ban also includes North Koreans and certain Venezuelan government officials.

The groups are seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the ban from taking full effect October 18.

The cases being heard are: International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, National Immigration Law Center, and International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) at the Urban Justice Center on behalf of HIAS, IRAP, the Middle East Studies Association, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and the Arab American Association of New York.

Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump, brought by Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington & Burling LLP, on behalf of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), a student affiliate of IAAB at the University of Maryland, College Park, and six individual plaintiffs, in consultation with the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC).

Zakzok v. Trump, brought by CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. 

SEE: CAIR Files Legal Challenge to Trump’s ”˜Muslim Ban 3.0’

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical ‘know your rights’ information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims 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:   

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, empower American Muslims, 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: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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