A Vigil to Remember: Remembering Hassiba Belbachir

CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Coordinator, Christina Abraham, spoke at a vigil held to honor the memory of Hassiba Belbachir, the 27 year-old Algerian woman mysteriously found dead in an immigration detention facility in Illinois in March of this year. The vigil, sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) and the Muslim Community Center (MCC), had speakers from various organizations present on issues of prison abuse, including the family of Hassiba Belbachir.

Christina Abraham spoke on the rights of inmates, the types of abuses that have been reported to CAIR-Chicago, and the importance of action and courage on the part of the Muslim community in facing these abuses of civil rights. Feedback on the vigil has been positive. As one spectator emailed CAIR-Chicago stated,

“I would like to say that I was moved by your speech at the MCC on Saturday afternoon. You were very honest and sincere with your words. We need more speakers like you in America. Thank you for coming out to speak that day...Keep up the great work. God bless you.”

CAIR-Chicago commends the Belbachir family for their courage in demanding justice for the death of Hassiba, and will continue to work with the CIOGC in any way possible to seek a positive resolution.

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