Press Release: CAIR-Chicago Conducts Sensitivity Training for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers

(Chicago, IL 3/31/2006) – Today the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) conducted sensitivity training for approximately 30 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and administrators in Chicago.

CAIR-Chicago’s presentation focused on basic Islamic beliefs and practices, including discussion of misconceptions about the concept of Jihad and the religious attire of Muslim women.

“Both sessions were a great opportunity to address a lot of common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. It was nice to see ICE officers asking questions about certain issues that come up and how they can better accommodate Muslims in non-emergency situations. It is very important that any law enforcement officer be educated about the communities they interact with on a daily basis,” said Christina Abraham, Civil Rights Coordinator of CAIR-Chicago.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT Civil Rights Coordinator Christina Abraham, 312.212.1520; or Director of Communications Ahmed Rehab, 312.212.1520.

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