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Video: CAIR Congressional Briefing on Anti-Muslim Bias in Politics

On Wednesday, October 10, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, held a congressional briefing on “Anti-Muslim Bias in the Current Political Moment.”

Full Video of CAIR’s Congressional Briefing:

Briefing participants discussed the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States and Europe, the spikes of anti-Muslim bigotry observed during election cycles and how Islamophobia has become part of mainstream American political discourse. 

CAIR’s briefing also provided data, context and analysis of how current levels of anti-Muslim bigotry fit into a longer history of xenophobia and social discord and offered best practices to mitigate the challenges posed to policymakers and constituents. Attendees were briefed on CAIR’s forthcoming Islamophobia Report and learn from advocates and academics about their current work in this area.


  • Robert McCaw
    Director of Government Affairs Department
    Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Abbas Barzegar, Ph.D.
    Director of Research and Advocacy Department
    Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • John Esposito, Ph.D.
    Georgetown University
    Founding Director of The Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; Director of the Bridge Initiative
  • Marita Etcubanez
    Asian American Justice Center
    Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Zainab Arain
    Research and Advocacy Manager
    Council on American-Islamic Relations

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. 

The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Rejection of Trump’s Islamophobic Nominee for U.N. Migration Post 

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. 


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