To advance the civil rights of all communities, CAIR-CA urges reaching out to our legal teams for
assistance and representation. Considering the nature of complaints our offices received in 2020, CAIR-CA’s
legal staff make the following recommendations.
- In every instance, CAIR-CA recommends
documenting evidence of discrimination,
harassment, and instances of anti-Muslim
bigotry so that legal remedies and advocacy
strategies can best bring about a redress of
civil rights violations.
- Individuals dealing with immigration issues,
such as naturalization, adjustment of status,
relative petitions,asylum, and removal defense
should challenge them using legal assistance
and by contacting their local elected officials.
- Individuals who are currently incarcerated
should report denials of religious services and
accommodations as well as retaliation by prison
officials should document any discriminatory
incidents through the appropriate prison
- Students should immediately report bullying
and harassment to parents, teachers, and
- Students who require religious
accommodations for clothing, food, or time
off, should contact teachers and school
administration of their need to do so, in
alignment with local or state laws.
- Students who face instances of discrimination
and violations of First Amendment rights
on college and university campuses should
document and report these instances to
college administrators and consider consulting
attorneys, where applicable.
- When confronted by FBI/law enforcement
agents, assert your right to remain silent and
right to legal counsel.
- Assert your rights when you are traveling,
if approached by the FBI, CBP, or TSA for
voluntary questioning, and/or when subject
to enhanced questioning and screening
procedures while traveling.
- If you or a loved one have been a witness to,
or targeted by, a hate crime or incident, please
report it to your local police department for
documentation and support purposes.
- Employees facing harassment
and discrimination based on protected
characteristics such as religion and ethnicity
should immediately contact their supervisors
or Human Resources department and report
such behavior, preferably via e-mail to maintain
- Local and state officials should work to end
surveillance programs and policing strategies
that target communities of color such as CVE
and FBI’s JTTF partnerships.
- Community organizations, municipalities, and
local law enforcement agencies should cease
all partnerships with federal law enforcement
agencies, such as the FBI, DHS, ICE and
CBP, that are involved in mass surveillance
and information gathering of vulnerable
- Congress should pass the No Ban Act
which would essentially limit present and
succeeding executive branches from abusing
the Immigration and Nationality Act to enact
the Muslim Ban among other discriminatory
- Congress should pass the U.S. Citizenship Act
of 2021 that would provide a new pathway
to citizenship for millions of undocumented
immigrants as well as removing several
roadblocks for employment-based immigrants
in obtaining visas and permanent residency.
- Employers should prioritize creating equitable
workplaces by ensuring non-discrimination
policies are enacted. Further, employers
should take swift and decisive action against
employees who engage in discriminatory or
harassing behavior against their co-workers.
- Employers should institute microaggression
and other anti-bias trainings are facilitated to
promote a culture of continued learning.
- Employers should create accountability
mechanisms to ensure that employees are
empowered to address systemic issues through
collaboration and open dialogue.
- Prisons should ensure that inmates of all faiths
receive personal items and access to facilities
necessary to freely practice their religious
beliefs, as provided by various state and local
- Schools should implement robust anti-bullying
and harassment policies including transparent
complaint procedures. Schools should also
institute regular training modules for teachers
and administrators around how to provide
culturally competent education and respond to
- Colleges and universities should ensure that
vulnerable students from targeted communities
feel safe by supporting their right to political
expression and offering security for those
experiencing harassment and physical assault.