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CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Anti-Asian Attack on Family in D.C. 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/11/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges for an alleged bias-motivated assault on an Asian-American family over the weekend near Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 

The alleged victims, a man and his parents, were reportedly approached by a man who shouted expletives and “You are not Americans!” and “You don’t belong here.” The man allegedly knocked the son and his mother to the ground. All three victims were injured in the assault. Police charged Patrick Joseph-Miller Trebat, 38, with three counts of bias-related crime, two counts of assault with significant bodily injury and one count of assault.  

SEE: Man charged with hate crimes in attack on Asian family in Northwest D.C.

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said: 

These hate attacks on Asian-Americans and members of other minority communities nationwide must stop. We welcome the hate crime charges in this disturbing case and express our solidarity with the Asian-American community and all other communities targeted by bigotry.” 

Yesterday, CAIR called for an investigation into a possible bias motive for a fire at a Washington, D.C., Turkish restaurant that was previously targeted with hate graffiti and is seeking security camera footage from nearby buildings.  

SEE: CAIR Calls for Bias Motive Probe in Fire at D.C. Turkish Restaurant Targeted with Hate Graffiti, Requests Release of Security Camera Footage  

McCaw said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.     

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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