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CAIR to Offer ‘Know Your Rights’ Facebook Live Tutorial Following Reports of Iranian-Americans Stopped at US-Canada Border

Expert civil rights attorneys to answer audience questions immediately during live event

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/7/2020) – On Thursday, January 9, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will offer a “Know Your Rights as a Traveler or When Approached by Law Enforcement” tutorial via Facebook Live. The livestream will start at 7 p.m. EST.

CAIR will hold the educational event following reports of Iranian-Americans being detained at the US-Canada border.

NYT: Video: CAIR-WA Assists Iranian-Americans Detained at U.S. Border

U.S. Stops Dozens of Iranians Returning from Canada

WHAT: “Know Your Rights as a Traveler or When Approached by Law Enforcement” Facebook Live Tutorial
WHEN: Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. EST
HOW TO JOIN: CAIR’s Facebook page:

Speakers include CAIR Staff Attorney Zanah Ghalawanji, Esq., and CAIR National Co-Founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad. CAIR experts will discuss legal rights and best practices, including step-by-step actions to take for those currently traveling, those planning to travel, and those looking for advice on how to respond to FBI and border patrol questioning.

NOTE: CAIR’s ”˜Know Your Rights’ webinar is for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.

The tutorial will help individuals better understand their legal rights while traveling, when approached by law enforcement and in other common situations. Community members will be offered an opportunity to ask questions by typing their questions in the “comments” section under the live video, and to have those questions answered immediately during the live event.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

In November of last year, CAIR published “Know Your Rights” materials online in English, Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Farsi, Bengali, and Bosnian. The multi-language civil rights materials may be printed out for personal use or for distribution at local events.

SEE: Download “Know Your Rights” Guides in Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Farsi, Somali, Urdu, and English

CAIR recommends that community members follow advice offered in its “Your Rights with Law Enforcement” booklet.

Yesterday, CAIR issued a “Know Your Rights” community advisory for Iranian-Americans, Syrian-Americans, Iraqi-Americans, and others who may be impacted by the threat of war of between the United States and Iran.

SEE: CAIR Issues ”˜Know Your Rights’ Advisory for Iranian-Americans, Others Impacted by US-Iran Crisis’

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,



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