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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.

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Rating: 5

CAIR-MN is one of the most effective and bold civil rights organizations in the Midwest. The organization addresses a range of issues from bias/harassment at schools to workplace discrimination and media representation to combating Islamophobia. CAIR-MN is widely recognized for its work, and most recently, was named a 2011 Anti-Racism Initiative Recipient by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Since its inception, CAIR-MN has successfully advocated for policies that ensure that kids aren't harassed because of their religion in schools, mosques aren't being targeted unfairly, individuals can work in an environment that doesn't violate their religious rights, and many other fundamental components of our civil rights. The work and impact of this organization is truly remarkable.