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.
CAIR-MN assisted me in challenging discriminatory behavior on the part of customs and immigration officials at MSP upon returning home to Minnesota from an international trip. CAIR may focus on protecting the civil rights and liberties of American Muslims, but such work protects the civil rights and liberties of all citizens and residents of our nation, regardless of religious affiliation. As a supporter and board member of CAIR-MN, I appreciate its work in partnership with numerous like-minded organizations working to protect the civil rights and liberties of all Americans and residents of the country.