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CAIR Thanks DC Public Library for ‘Swift and Appropriate’ Handling of Hijab Incident

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/24/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the “swift and appropriate†actions by DC Public Library following an incident in which a Muslim woman was reportedly forced to leave a branch library because of her Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

A witness said that she was standing near a Muslim woman in the library on Wednesday when a DC Public Library police officer threatened to handcuff the woman if she did not remove her hijab.

SEE: Witnesses Say Public Library Officer Tells Muslim Woman to Remove Head Covering or Leave

CAIR contacted DC Public Library officials about the reported incident and today received an apology from the executive director of the library, along with assurance that people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome in local libraries.

“We thank the DC Public Library for its swift and appropriate handling of this incident and for restating its policy of inclusion for all District residents,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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