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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, Race

Mission: To enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions of mutual understanding.

Results: CAIR-MN has represented over 600 cases of employment discrimination, hate crimes, and school harrassment since our doors opened in 2007. CAIR-MN holds an annual workshop, "Positive Interactions - How to Effectively Interact with your Muslim Employees. Employers and HR professionals from fortune 500 companies like General Mills, 3M and others have attended. CAIR-MN also provides individualized diversity trainings to companies. The Mayo Clinic, Ameriprise, and The YWCA are just some of our clients. Both of these trainings provide a better understanding of Islam and practices and help employers understand their legal responsibility to provide religious accommodation.

Target demographics: those who have faced racial, religious, or ethnic discrimination.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 120 clients, provided free legal advice at legal clinics to 75 people, 50 students attended the leadership program, over 200 positive media stories, and over 1000 community members have gone through media, Know Your Rights, civic engagement and Safety trainings.

Geographic areas served: Twin Cities Metro and Greater Minnesota

Programs: complaint resolution through pro bono legal aid and advocacy, media justice and balanced views, community empowerment trainings, and civic engagement.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

CAIR MN has done very beneficial work for the community. They have helped to organize many events that teach and train the Muslim community to work with the system and be an citizen that works to build and nurture the greater community. The board is a very professional board and the employees are very skilled and qualified group. I am extremely impressed by their work and their team.

Previous Stories
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Advisor

Rating: 5

The people who run CAIR MN are upcoming leaders who work very hard to lead Muslims in Minnesota to work with the system to deal with civil rights issues and discrimination.

Many good-hearted people bemoan the deterioration of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims since 9/11, but CAIR MN is actually doing the hard work of repairing the relationship. Through their work on various projects and organizations, their leadership reached out to mainstream institutions and donated their time and money to
constructively enhance Muslims and people of other faiths to work together. Through their leadership, I have seen many Muslim youth now lead in opening other organizations as well as leading
projects to contribute to a better Minnesota.

I was invited to many such forums and was impressed by the level of
organization, hard work and professionalism within the meetings. We recently had a forum with Law Enforcement and it was amazing to see many Muslim and Somali leaders address their concerns to Law Enforcement officials to understand how to secure our country as well as protect our civil rights. Such meetings in the political climate are very hard to arrange and facilitate.

Advisor

Rating: 5

An amazing group of young people making a huge difference and making America and MN a better place for everyone.

These are the new Rosa Parks and new MLKs, & other amazing figures who stood up to bigotry, challenged racism and made America better.

Kudos to the volunteers and staff for standing up for Equality and LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
This is what America is all about.

Advisor

Rating: 5

CAIR-Minnesota is a dynamic non-profit organization that works on ensuring the civil rights of Muslims throughout the state. It provides a voice to so many people that don't know what to do when they experience discrimination. It also provides excellent training so employers and others can better understand the Islamic religion and how it relates to employment.