(BALTIMORE, MD, 6/28/17) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the alleged harassment of a Montgomery County Muslim family that has reportedly received several threatening, hostile notes during a two-month period.
A Muslim Senegalese-American immigrant who lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her four children reported to CAIR that the notes bear cryptic messages like “Satan was here” and “You take peace? I will take your souls.”
They first began appearing on the front door of her apartment in April. Hoping the perpetrator would stop, the Muslim woman held off reporting to authorities until June, when the tone of the notes became more hostile. She reported to CAIR that she is increasingly fearful for her safety and that of her children.
“We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into a possible bias motive for these incidents, and to take appropriate steps to end the harassment, bring the perpetrator to justice and protect this family from further threats and possible harm,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Our communities need to know that the law is on their side if they stand up and report possible hate incidents.”
Chaudry noted a significant spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide detailed in CAIR’s latest report that indicated an at least 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents reported from 2015-16.
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update
The organization recently launched an app to share critical ‘know your rights’ information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. It 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: http://www.cair.com/app
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, email@example.com