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CAIR to Hold Congressional Briefing on Anti-Muslim Bias in Politics

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/2/18) — On Wednesday, October 10, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a congressional briefing on “Anti-Muslim Bias in the Current Political Moment.”

Briefing participants will discuss the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States and Europe, the spikes of anti-Muslim bigotry observed during election cycles and how Islamophobia has become part of mainstream American political discourse. 

CAIR’s briefing will also provide data, context and analysis of how current levels of anti-Muslim bigotry fit into a longer history of xenophobia and social discord and offer best practices to mitigate the challenges posed to policymakers and constituents. Attendees will be briefed on CAIR’s forthcoming Islamophobia Report and learn from advocates and academics about their current work in this area.

The briefing, moderated by CAIR Research and Advocacy Director Dr. Abbas Barzegar, will include: 

  • Robert McCaw, CAIR Government Affairs Director
  • Nihad Awad, CAIR National Executive Director
  • Dr. John Esposito, Founding Director of Georgetown’s Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding 
  • Megan Essaheb, Director of Immigration Advocacy at Asian Americans Advancing Justice 
  • Zainab Arain, CAIR Research and Advocacy Manager 

WHAT:  CAIR Congressional Briefing on Anti-Muslim Bias in the Current Political Moment
WHEN: Wednesday, October 10, 11 a.m. to Noon
WHERE: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515
CONTACT: RSVP – CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw,, 202-999-8292


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. 

The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Rejection of Trump’s Islamophobic Nominee for U.N. Migration Post 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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. 


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