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MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR to Join Reps. Omar, Schakowsky at Press Conference on Increase in anti-Muslim Hate, Call for Islamophobia Envoy at State Dept.

Speakers will outline new findings from a report on the rise in anti-Muslim hate, call for Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/21) — On Wednesday, July 21, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and other members of Congress and civil rights organizations at a press conference to condemn the rise in attacks against the Muslim community and to call for a Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia at the U.S. State Department. 


The speakers will outline CAIR’s new findings on the increase in anti-Muslim hate, including more than 500 documented complaints in 2021 alone. This included a sudden rise in anti-mosque incidents in May and June involving cases of vandalism and an attempted stabbing, and several physical assaults targeting Muslim women wearing hijab (religious head covering). CAIR’s report and the call for an Islamophobia envoy also comes in the wake of a terror attack that killed three generations of a Canadian Muslim family in June—and an increase in anti-Muslim repression around the world. 

Members of the media can request an embargoed copy of the report by emailing CAIR Research & Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz at  

In response, the members of Congress are announcing a letter calling for a comprehensive strategy for establishing U.S. leadership in combating Islamophobia worldwide, asking Secretary Blinken to create a Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia. They are also asking him to include state-sponsored Islamophobic violence and impunity for Islamophobic violence in next year’s annual human rights reports. 

WHAT: Press Conference on Increase in anti-Muslim hate 

WHERE: House Triangle, United States Capitol 

The event will also be livestreamed on Rep. Omar’s Facebook page

WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 4:30 P.M. ET 


Rep. Omar 

Rep. Jan Schakowsky 

Rep. Andre Carson 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib 

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad 

NOTE: Reporters interested in attending, please RSVP to:  

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