CAIR’s 2018 third quarter civil rights data brief indicates that anti-Muslim incidents perpetrated by government agencies remain nearly a third of all bias incidents, totaling 35 percent. This continues the trend of heightened government agency-related anti-Muslim bias incidents witnessed since 2017.
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The quarterly report records harassment as the single most frequent type of bias incident, followed closely be incidents involving Customs and Border Prtoection. 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 44 percent of the total. Fifteen percent of incidents have been triggered by a headscarf/hijab. This is followed by incidents triggered by the target being perceived as Muslim, at 10 percent.
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.