Civil Rights Report 2017: Appendix

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Definitions

CBP: Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security entity tasked with securing U.S. borders.

DOJ: U.S. Department of Justice

DOT: U.S. Department of Transportation

DHS: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation

ICE: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Hajj: The annual pilgrimage to Mecca performed on the ninth and tenth days of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar year. All Muslims who are physically and financially able should perform the pilgrimage once in their lifetimes.

Halal: That which is lawful and permitted. Guidelines for halal food are similar to, but less restrictive than kosher practices.

Hijab: Literally, “to cover or conceal.” It is used commonly to describe modest Muslim dress, specifically the headscarf that many Muslim women wear.

Title VI: Part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Title VII: Part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

TSA: Transportation Security Administration, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security entity tasked with securing U.S. transportation systems.

USCIS: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Targeting CAIR

CAIR itself receives a significant amount of hate mail, death threats, and other forms of prejudiced and biased communication. Since the growth of social media, CAIR’s online presence has experienced a marked increase. In turn, those seeking to express their anti-Muslim sentiments and beliefs have turned to target CAIR in droves through Twitter, Facebook, and other modes of electronic communication.

This report does not incorporate data on incidents in which CAIR itself is the target. CAIR does not believe that its inclusion would present an accurate reflection of the experiences of American Muslims in this country.

CAIR staff are confident that if their work draws the attention of prejudiced individuals toward the institution and away from individual community members, then this in itself is the institution serving a good purpose.

Below, is a sampling of the type of incidents in which CAIR was the target:

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