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CAIR’s First-Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to ‘Muslim Ban,’ Federal Agencies

CAIR First Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to Muslim Ban Federal Agencies(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/18/2017) — Just prior to President Trump’s first official travel to a Muslim-majority country, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a report documenting anti-Muslim incidents in the first quarter of 2017. In more than 50 percent of incidents, federal government agencies were identified as the instigator.

The civil rights group’s first-quarter update also noted that 33 percent of anti-Muslim bias incidents were related to the Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States Executive Order, also known as the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban.”

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

“As President Trump prepares to visit a Muslim-majority country, it is important that he first condemn the wave of Islamophobic bias in America that has in part been triggered by his own campaign rhetoric and policies that target the Muslim community,” said Zainab Arain, coordinator in CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “The President has yet to step up and condemn a single incident in which an American Muslim was targeted.” The most frequent type of incidents documented by CAIR so far in 2017 involved U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The second most common type of incidents involved episodes in which the complainant was questioned by FBI employees or otherwise appeared to be inappropriately targeted by the agency.

Harassment – non-violent or non-threatening bias incidents such as verbal abuse – was the third most common type of incident. Incidents involving issues with multiple federal government agencies and hate crimes rounded out the top five categories.

The most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim’s ethnicity or national origin, accounting for 33 percent of the total. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents.

The report dataset is drawn primarily from the intakes CAIR conducts each year. With each case, civil rights and legal staff seek to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy.

Last week, CAIR released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

CAIR’s 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END – CONTACT: CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Coordinator Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, 

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