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CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for Bias-Motivated Attack in Illinois

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/7/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a hate crime charge brought against woman who allegedly attacked an African-American woman in Homer Glen, Ill., while shouting racial slurs. 

The woman was charged with a hate crime, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, battery and three counts of aggravated battery to a police officer. She was reportedly found outside shouting racial slurs while in a physical altercation with an African-American woman. 

SEE: Woman Shouted Racial Slurs in Banquet Hall Attack: Sheriff

“We condemn this apparently bias-motivated attack and welcome the hate crime charges brought in this case,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen. “Unfortunately, we are seeing more of these type of hate incidents targeting minority communities nationwide.”

She noted that 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.

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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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,

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