(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/19) – Last night, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, offered a community safety webinar with two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security experts in response to the recent terror attack on two New Zealand mosques and subsequent Islamophobic incidents in other countries, including the United States.
Webinar participants included staff and administrators from some 100 Islamic centers, mosques, Islamic schools, and other Muslim community institutions nationwide.
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During the webinar, the DHS experts offered information about improving safety and answered questions from community leaders. Information provided during the webinar included:
- Community members nationwide may visit dhs.gov/protective-security-advisors to contact a Protective Security Advisor (PSA) in their region that can evaluate their institutions’ security measures, and help in developing and updating emergency plans and procedures relating to educational institutions.
- Community leaders nationwide can request active shooter preparedness trainings for their organizations and members via: https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness The site also provides access to a number of department and interagency resources that support organizational development of emergency action plans, individual actions that can be taken during an incident, and recovery after an attack.
- The ”˜Hometown Security Website,’ dhs.gov/hometown-security, provides a landing page for various resources made available through the Department of Homeland Security
All of the services and resources mentioned by the DHS officials and those offered by CAIR are provided free of charge to the public.
During the webinar, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad urged 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: https://www.cair.com/report
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging mosques and other Islamic institutions to take measures outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. Advice offered in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
CAIR plans to re-publish 3,000 hard copies of the booklet to send free of charge to mosques and Islamic institutions nationwide.
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. American Muslims and members of other minority groups are urged to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: https://www.cair.com/app
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Research and Advocacy Director Dr. Abbas Barzegar, firstname.lastname@example.org