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Video: CAIR Director Joins Other Faith, Human Rights Leaders in Capitol Hill Civil Disobedience for Refugees

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/15/19) – Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — along with the heads of Amnesty International USA, America’s Voice and Church World Service (CWS) — today took part in civil disobedience on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the decimation of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The leaders wore life vests symbolizing the life-saving program. 

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Faith communities, human rights groups, clergy, refugees, and refugee agencies held a major action on Capitol Hill as Secretary Pompeo meets with Congress to finalize the administration’s 80 percent cut to the refugee admissions program. The 18 leaders arrested during the civil disobedience represented the 18,000 refugee limit set by the Trump administration, which is the lowest in the history of the resettlement program.


  • Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
  • Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA 
  • Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service 
  • Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations 
  • Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America’s Voice 
  • Sarnata Reynolds, former counsel for the House Judiciary Committee

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,


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