CAIR-Philadelphia’s Civil Rights Department provides direct legal representation to individuals who have been subjected to unlawful anti-Muslim bias and discrimination. In serving individuals, we hope to bring about systemic change by changing the way American Muslims are treated by their fellow Americans, their employers, and their government. For more information about some of our representative cases, click here.
- Litigation Against U.S. Department of Defense (denial of security clearance for Muslim federal employee)
- Lawsuit Against FBI and USCIS
- Anti-Muslim Profiling by Law Enforcement (investigation of law enforcement training programs)
The most immediate threat to the religious liberty of all Pennsylvanians – including Pennsylvanian Muslims – is House Bill 2029 (See: Proposed state law draws religious criticism – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), titled American Laws for American Courts. House Bill 2029 was referred to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee on November 18, 2011. Though the language of the statute itself appears to be “neutral,” in that it does not specifically refer to “Islam” or “Shariah,” the memorandum circulated by the bill’s sponsor – RoseMarie Swanger of Lebanon, PA – makes it clear that “Shariah law” is the primary target. CAIR-Philadelphia has written to the chairs of the House Judiciary Committee to formally request an “opportunity to be heard” on House Bill 2029. We also intend to prepare written materials supporting our position. To learn more about House Bill 2029, click here.
Additionally, there are two bills currently pending in Congress which raise the concerns of CAIR-Pennsylvania. The first bill is titled the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) and seeks to eliminate racial profiling by law enforcement personnel. The second bill is titled the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and, among other provisions, would permit indefinite detention of persons suspected of acts supporting terrorism, even in the absence of criminal charges. More information about these bills will provided shortly.
If you believe that you have been subjected to anti-Muslim bias or discrimination, please click on the link below to submit a complaint. All complaints are reviewed by an attorney who will determine the extent to which CAIR-Philadelphia can assist you. After submitting a complaint, you will be contacted by a member of the CAIR-Philadelphia staff who will advise you how best to proceed.