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CAIR Welcomes Arrest of Suspect in Alleged Bias-Motivated Incidents Targeting Maryland Iraqi Refugee Family

(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/12/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the arrest of a suspect in the case of possibly bias-motivated incidents targeting an Iraqi refugee family settled in Dundalk, Md.

Baltimore County Police Department arrested a 17-year-old female suspect who was later released to the custody of parent.

The pattern of harassment reportedly began about a month ago and has left the family, who previously fled persecution and violence, once again “afraid for their lives.” 

SEE: Muslim Family Alleges Hate Crimes, Harassment at Dundalk Home

Video: CAIR Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Incidents Targeting Iraqi Refugee Family in Maryland

In the latest incident, objects reportedly including a piece of metal and a battery were hurled through a window in the children’s bedroom, shattering it. The mother, who wears the Islamic headscarf, has also been called a terrorist, and the family has been told on several occasions to “go back to where they came from.”

“We appreciate law enforcement’s assistance in helping bring closure for this family so they can try and continue to live normal lives,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We especially thank Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger for his support.

Congressman Ruppersberger has personally been in touch with police and CAIR about the incidents.

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.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062

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