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FBI Abuses Top Anti-Muslim Incidents in the First Quarter of 2018

FBI Abuses Top Anti-Muslim Incidents in the First Quarter of 2018


CAIR’s 2018 first quarter report indicates that FBI-related anti-Muslim incidents were the most frequent type of anti-Muslim incident in the first quarter of 2018. Government agency-instigated incidents constituted 31 percent of all bias incidents from January to March. These numbers continue the disturbing trend witnessed last year of government agencies being responsible for at least a third of all anti-Muslim incidents.

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The quarterly report records hate crimes, involving physical violence or property damage, as the second most frequent type of abuse. The third most frequent type of anti-Muslim bias incident is an employment related incident.


The most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2018 remains the victim’s ethnicity or national origin, accounting for 33 percent of the total. Twenty-three percent of incidents occurred because of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf was a trigger in 16 percent of incidents.


The quarter’s dataset is preliminary and drawn primarily from the intakes CAIR conducts. With each case, civil rights and legal staff seek to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy.