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CAIR-San Diego Welcomes Sentencing of Man Who Attacked Syrian Refugee Teen

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 12/6/2019) – The San-Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the sentencing of a man who attacked a 16-year-old Syrian refugee on the San Diego trolley.

The attacker, who assaulted and berated the teen with racial epithets, faces a sentence of five years. 

SEE: Attacker of Syrian Teen Gets 5-Year Prison Sentence for Assault, Hate Crime

CAIR Condemns Hate Attack on Syrian Refugee in San Diego

“We welcome this strong sentence for an act of violence and hate,” said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Dustin Craun. “All those who value justice and mutual understanding must continue to speak out against the growing bigotry nationwide that can lead to such attacks.”

Craun added that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-Colorado Calls for Disciplinary Action After Muslim MSU Denver Students Harassed While Praying

CAIR Calls on State Department to Dismiss Senior Adviser with History of Anti-Muslim Views

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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. 


CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Outreach Coordinator Aleena Nawabi, 858-752-1243,; CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Dustin Craun, 303-667-4027,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,



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