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Legal Updates

This month, Ryan Tack-Hooper, our staff attorney, is initiating a suit against a landlord who discriminated against a Muslim family. The landlord illegally refused to renew a lease to the Muslim family in an attempt to resolve a conflict created by the biased attitudes of an anti-Muslim tenant. The ethical and legal response, of course,… Read more…

Legal Updates

In addition to his regular duties this summer, Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper taught a course on legal writing and reasoning to international students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The class focused on getting students to write and speak clearly and plainly. As George Orwell (author of the classic anti-totalitarian novels “Animal Farm” and… Read more…

Legal Department News

CAIR-Philadelphia is working with CAIR-Chicago and CAIR-Michigan to help a Syrian family with young children who are seeking asylum in the United States. Like many who have fled that conflict, the family fears that if they are forced to return, they will face persecution and torture. While the United States has historically welcomed refugees, in… Read more…

Legal Department Updates

Language Access: CAIR-Philadelphia has begun working on a project to ensure that the Philadelphia police use appropriate interpretation and translation resources for encounters with people who do not speak English fluently.  Every person has the right to meaningful access to government services regardless of language proficiency, and the too-frequent failure of the police to use… Read more…

Legal Department Update

Under threat of a CAIR-Philadelphia lawsuit, CAIR has successfully persuaded an area prison to offer halal meals to its Muslim inmates. Ryan Tack-Hooper, our Staff Attorney, has made two visits to the prison to meet with Muslim prisoners about this issue. Our Legal Department is continuing to monitor the implementation of the halal meal program… Read more…

Legal Department Updates

CAIR-Philadelphia and its Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper now represent two Muslim women who were forced to remove their hijabs for photographs at different state agencies. We are working with both women to gain legal relief, not only for these individuals, but also to ensure that there are written policies across state agencies ensuring appropriate religious… Read more…

Legal Department: CAIR Lobbies Congress

Last week on Monday and Tuesday, following the CAIR National Council Meeting, CAIR staff and activists headed to Capitol Hill to meet with our elected representatives about two pieces of legislation of vital concern to the Muslim American community. Executive Director Jacob Bender, Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper, and CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Annie Durrani met with… Read more…

From the Legal Department: A Bad Decision

Last week a federal judge in New Jersey dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Muslim Advocates challenging the New York City Police Department’s spying on the Muslim community in New Jersey. Judge William J. Martini dismissed the case, Hassan v. City of New York, by finding that the alleged injuries—such as people… Read more…

Legal Department Staff Changes

As of January 31, 2014, attorney Amara Chaudhry-Kravitz, who has served as CAIR-Philadelphia’s Legal Director since September 2011, will be moving into a new “Of Counsel” role in which she will continue to serve CAIR-Philadelphia in a limited capacity while pursuing other projects.   While reducing her time commitment to CAIR, Amara has assumed a new… Read more…

Speaking Events and Publications from Amara Chaudhry-Kravitz

On Tuesday, February 25, Amara Chaudhry-Kravitz will be giving a presentation at Villanova University titled “Is Brown the New Black:  Are American Muslims Being Racially Profiled?”  This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  All are welcome, and specific event details are contained in the event flyer. Download Event Flyer (PDF) On Wednesday, February… Read more…

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