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CAIR Welcomes Community Response to Md. Refugees Targeted by Hate

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed support from concerned neighbors and community members who reached out to a Muslim refugee family recently targeted by hate.

A few weeks ago, a disturbing note containing hostile messages and a cartoon of a Muslim girl holding an explosive, was left at the doorstop of an Iraqi refugee family settled in Dundalk, Md.

SEE: Threat Left On Door of Refugees' Home in Dundalk, Police Say Juvenile Posted Note

Anti-Muslim Note Found on Refugees' Dundalk Doorstep

After CAIR called for an investigation, the civil rights organization was inundated with calls and letters from concerned Marylanders who wanted to express their support for the refugee family.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Bias Crime Probe of Hate Message Left at Home of Iraqi Refugees in Maryland

Many families generously donated gifts, fruit baskets, and colorful, hand-written cards welcoming the family to America and reassuring them that they are safe. The community’s reaction was detailed in an article by the New York Times.

SEE: Refugees Discover 2 Americas: One That Hates, and One That Heals

“Many refugees and other vulnerable communities feel uncertain and fearful in this tumultuous post-election political climate,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Thanks to the compassion of countless strangers, this family's troubling ordeal finally has a positive outcome. In increasingly uncertain times, their kind actions reflect America's true ideals.”

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

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