Cair-Minnesota

Rating: 4.74 stars   39 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Race

Location: 2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 407 Minneapolis MN 55413 USA

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.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked in the social services sector for more than 15 years and have rarely encountered an organization that is as effective as CAIR-MN at bringing the highest quality legal and advocacy services to some of the most vulnerable populations of people in our communities.

 
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There has been a tremendous growth of CAIR-MN’s name and reputation in the community since its founding. Each year, CAIR-MN appears over 115 times in local newsmedia. CAIR-MN was named a 2010 “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times, received the 2011 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits, named the 2012 CAIR Chapter of the Year, selected for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ 2013 "Nonprofits to Know," and featured in the Rochester Diversity Council “What Works.” Recently, CAIR-MN received the 2013 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division for “making a difference through pro bono work.”

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CAIR is a spectacular nonprofit organization with staff, interns and volunteers that are truly passionate and dedicated to what they do. CAIR as a whole is a "community connecter" that works tirelessly to give voice to people, bridge cultural differences, protect and strengthen civil liberties for all Americans.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

If find their attitudes to be exceptionally offensive. Their beliefs and views expressing their supremacy are a personal affront to those of us who are devout Christians.

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Badly

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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CAIR-MN (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

CAIR-MN is not a religious organization. Our staff, board, and advisory board are multi-faith, multiracial and multicultural. It is a civil rights and legal advocacy organization that provides free legal services to Minnesota Muslims and other racial and religious minorities. CAIR-MN functions on a basic premise: that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. This includes the employees who were called “terrorists” and “monkeys” at work and fired when they complained about the hostile environment; the Muslim students who were bullied and had pork thrown at them at school; the imam whose mosque window was shattered twice in two weeks; the woman who was fired after she chose to wear a religious headscarf; the Jewish student who failed a college exam because she had to miss class for a religious holiday; the American citizen stranded abroad after his hajj trip because he was unlawfully denied a boarding pass; and others. American Muslims are going through challenging times. In our nation’s history, we have seen other minority groups treated the same way — and it could be a new group in the future. So we’re not just advocating for Minnesota Muslims, we work to protect the rights that many Americans have sacrificed their lives for.

CAIR-MN (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

There has been a tremendous growth of CAIR-MN’s name and reputation in the community since its founding. Each year, CAIR-MN appears over 115 times in local newsmedia. CAIR-MN was named a 2010 “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times, received the 2011 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits, named the 2012 CAIR Chapter of the Year, selected for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ 2013 "Nonprofits to Know," and featured in the Rochester Diversity Council “What Works.” Recently, CAIR-MN received the 2013 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division for “making a difference through pro bono work.”

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Executive Director of another non profit in Mpls. with similar goals as CAIR-MN. We have found the current Director and Development person ready to cooperate and work together with those outside of their immediate community. Their education to employers and support/advocacy of individuals about their rights is invaluable to our community. In the past staff from CAIR-MN offered training to local families who were about to host civilian visitors from Iraq. She taught us about prayer times, dietetic issues, cats and dogs and other things that helped us feel more relaxed hosting out guests. We look forward to ongoing cooperation working to improve living conditions and community health here in MN.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a civil rights advocate, it has been the most amazing and rewording experience working with CAIR-MN. The cases I work on make a difference in people's lives and the trainings I conduct help create and foster tolerance and understanding among members in the community. It is empowering to stand up and defend the rights of those whose rights have been violated because of hate, discrimination, or out of pure ignorance of the law or religious beliefs of others.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CAIR Minnesota is a highly efficient and growing advocacy organization with a mission to support the legal rights of Minnesota's growing Muslim population. With a full time staff of 2, they are able to provide critical advocacy, education and outreach. they are highly competent and extremely hardworking.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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CAIR-MN functions on a basic premise: that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The individual stories and accomplishments that come from our office are extremely fulfilling — the 300 employees who were granted their legal rights in the workplace after CAIR-MN intervened on their behalf; the student who was allowed to make up a college exam she missed for a religious holiday; the high school students who were able to put an end to daily harassment; the woman who was hired after initially being told to remove her religious headscarf in order to continue with her job interview; or the warehouse employees who were allowed to speak their native language during their breaks.

Right now American Muslims are going through challenging times. In our nation’s history, we have seen other minority groups treated the same way — and it could be a new group in the future. So we’re not just advocating for Minnesota Muslims, we’re protecting the rights that many Americans have sacrificed their lives for.

There has been tremendous growth of CAIR-MN’s name and reputation in the community since it was created in 2007. In 2010, CAIR-MN appeared over 115 times in local and national newsmedia. Also in 2010, CAIR-MN was named a “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times. Last year, CAIR-MN was awarded the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Mission & Excellence Anti-Racism Award.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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