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CAIR to Offer Oral Arguments in Ninth Circuit in Washington State Prison Ramadan Case

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/9/20) — On Thursday, Dec. 10, representatives ofthe Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will deliver oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit challenging Washington state’s Department of Corrections use of policies and practices that starved and prevented Muslim inmates from practicing their faith in violation of their constitutional rights.

In 2019, the District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that the court was powerless to decide whether correctional officials violated Muslims’ First, Eighth, and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) rights when they imposed burdensome hurdles on Muslims attempting to participate in Ramadan and when they refused to address Muslim dietary needs such that Muslims were starved throughout Ramadan.

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: Judge orders Washington prisons to provide Ramadan meals

On Thursday, CAIR will ask the Ninth Circuit to reverse the court’s decision so the District Court may declare that Muslims and inmates of all faiths may equally request and receive access to religious services and accommodations.

WHAT: CAIR to Argue Hearing in Ninth Circuit in Washington Prison Case

WHEN: Thursday, December 10, at 1:30 PM PT/4:30 PM ET

WHERE: Live stream of the argument will be available at:

WHO: CAIR Representatives

CONTACT: Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR-Washington Attorney Brianna Auffray, 206-367-4081, 

CAIR offers an educational toolkit, called “A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help correctional officers and administrators gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

SEE: A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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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