The Right to Travel After 9/11

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2005 at 7pm

WHERE: Mosque Foundation, 7360 W. 93rd Street, Bridgeview, IL 60455

WHAT: Speakers will present on the different experiences and issues that have arisen for Muslim travelers after 9/11, and the rights of passengers when travelling.


Christina Abraham, CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Coordinator will present on the types of issues that may arise for Muslim passengers, the rights of passengers, and the types of incidents that have been reported to CAIR-Chicago involving airline/airport profiling.

Akif Rehman will speak on his experiences being detained and interrogated upon reentry into the U.S. 6 times. Mr. Rehman will discuss the civil rights abuses experienced during his detainments and his decision to file suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address these issues.

Adam Schwartz, Attorney for the ACLU-IL will present on the different lawsuits regarding Muslim Americans that have been detained upon reentry into the U.S. as well as problems with the federal CAPPS II air travel passenger screening system, a system which gives travel authorities the ability to “tag” passengers with a color-coded score depending on the type of threat you appear to pose. Under this system, passengers can be detained, interrogated, searched, and even prohibited from traveling.

Contact: Christina Abraham, 312-212-1520,

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