The Council on American-Islamic Relations, California (CAIR-CA), is a chapter of the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. CAIR-CA’s mission is to
enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
Through its offices in the Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR- LA), Sacramento Valley/Central California (CAIR-SV/ CC), San Diego (CAIR-SD), and the San Francisco
Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA), CAIR-CA serves California’s estimated one million American Muslims.
CAIR-CA provides direct legal services to refugees/asylees, immigrants, and victims of discrimination. CAIR-CA also works with the media, facilitates community education as it relates to civil rights and civic participation, and engages in policy advocacy.
Amr Shabaik, CAIR-LA Civil Rights Managing Attorney; Amina Fields, CAIR-LA Immigrants’ Rights Attorney; Dina Chehata, CAIR-LA Civil Rights Attorney; Amir Naim, CAIR-SFBA Immigrants’ Rights Attorney; Ammad Rafiqi, CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights & Legal Services Coordinator; Brittney Rezaei, CAIR-SFBA Managing Attorney; Jeffrey Wang, CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Attorney; Sahar Mousavi, CAIR-SFBA Immigrants’ Rights Attorney; Jeena Malik, CAIR-SV/CC Immigrants’ Rights Attorney; and Layli Shirani, CAIR- CAIR-SV/CC Senior Civil Rights Attorney; edited and compiled this report.
United States Customs and Border Protection. A component of DHS, CBP is responsible for regulating and facilitating
international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing United States regulations, including trade, customs, and
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The DFEH is a state agency responsible for investigating and – where
appropriate - prosecuting violations of California’s FEHA and Unruh Civil Rights Act. Before a person can bring a private
lawsuit under FEHA, they must first file an official compliant with the DFEH.
The Department of Homeland Security. The DHS is a federal executive department of the United States government and
is responsible for responding to accidents and natural disasters, as well as being charged with protecting the United States
from, and responding to, terrorist attacks.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC is the federal agency responsible for investigating and
prosecuting violations of Title VII. Before a person can bring a private lawsuit under Title VII, they must first file an official
claim with the EEOC.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. A component of the DHS, USCIS is responsible for processing
immigrant visa petitions, naturalization petitions, and asylum and refugee applications, as well as adjudicating certain
IN THE FIVE DAYS FOLLOWING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, MORE THAN 30 CASES OF ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS AND OVER 120 ANTI-IMMIGRANT INCIDENTS WERE REPORTED ACROSS THE NATION.