The Bias Brief provides the most detailed information to date on the trend in anti-Muslim bias incidents from January 2014 through June of 2019. The mid-year report details the most frequent types of bias incidents and outlines the discriminatory and unconstitutional nature of the government watchlist.
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From 2014 through June of 2019, CAIR chapters across the country recorded a total of 10,015 anti-Muslim bias incidents. The trend in data shows a steady increase in the number of bias incidents targeting American Muslims over time, with the initial jump occurring after the 2015 entry of Donald Trump into the presidential elections.
Not only did the number of bias incidents increase, the violent nature of the incidents also jumped. From 2014 through June of 2019, CAIR chapters across the country recorded a total of 1,164 anti-Muslim hate crimes, including physical assault and property damage. In the first half of 2019, CAIR recorded 75 hate crimes.
From 2014 through June of 2019, CAIR chapters reported a total of 2,783 incidents that involved federal government agencies. The highest number of cases occurred in 2017, at 919 reported incidents. This can be attributed to the Muslim Ban Executive Order signed in January of 2017.
- The highest spike in bias incidents occurred in 2017 with 2,599 incidents, a 94% jump over 2014 levels. This can be attributed to the Muslim Ban Executive Order, which was signed within the first 10 days of the Trump presidency.
- In the first half of 2019, CAIR recorded 759 anti-Muslim bias incidents.
- The most frequent type of abuse, aggregated from 2014 through June of 2019, was harassment, defined as unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited conduct which annoys, demeans, or offends the target and results in a hostile environment for the target.
- The overall trend in federal agency-instigated incidents demonstrates that the FBI is the most common type of federal government agency for which American Muslims report acts of bias, accounting for almost half of the total number of cases: 1,177 total bias incidents.
- CAIR chapters recorded 506 anti-mosque incidents from 2014 through June of 2019. Of this total, the highest recorded type of incidents – at 148 – were a result of damage, destruction, or vandalism to mosque property.