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Feature 304 Civil Rights Director Part of State Dept. Delegation to Philippines
Feb.11.09

Christina Abraham met with Muslim activists in the southern Philippines where discrimination against Muslims by the government, access to education, and poverty are major concerns.





Feature 303 PHOTOS: Over 100 Welcomed at Open House
Feb.09.09

Honored guests included students, local reporters, mosque leaders, non-profit partners, scholars, professionals and other community members as they experienced the new space. Check out the photo album!





Feature 305 Obama Administration Upholds Secrecy in Torture Case
Kevin Vodak | Feb.12.09

Staff Attorney, Kevin Vodak, discusses a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of torture victims that was dismissed under the Bush administration. Rather than reversing the ruling, the current administration and the new Department of Justice uphold the secrecy defense that led to the dismissal.






    







    






    Employment

    • A Muslim woman was abruptly terminated after taking time off to attend an Eid prayer session. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary to resolve the issue.

    Government

    • A Muslim woman reported that her application for citizenship was denied. CAIR-Chicago will advise the woman of her options after further reviewing the matter.

    • Two Muslims contacted CAIR-Chicago regarding delays in obtaining citizenship. Both individuals applied for citizenship, completed all the necessary requirements, but have not been scheduled for an oath. CAIR-Chicago is incorporating these cases into its Citizenship Delay Project.

    • A Muslim man was denied air travel because he was flagged on the TSA no fly list. CAIR-Chicago is further investigating the issue and will take whatever action deemed necessary to resolve the matter.

    Prison

    • Five Muslim men in prison requested religious material, icluding Qu'rans, prayer rugs and Islamic books. CAIR-Chicago is connecting them with organizations that can provide these materials for them.

    Public Accommodation

    • A Muslim man was conducting a deposit transaction at a bank he has often gone to. During this specific visit, three tellers rudely asked him for his identification and if he did not present his identification, they advised him to go to another bank. CAIR-Chicago offered to send a letter requesting an apology and clarification of bank policy on the man’s behalf.





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Executive Director
Ahmed Rehab

Civil Rights Director
Christina Abraham

Senior Outreach Coordinator
Dina Rehab

Operations Coordinators
Azam Azeem
Daniah Elharezi

Cultural Sensitivity Speaker
Veronica Zapata

Communications Coordinators
Reem Rahman
Amina Sharif

Staff Attorney
Kevin Vodak, Esq.

Outreach Coordinator
Gerald Hankerson

Youth Coordinator
Mokaram Rauf

Administrative Assistant
Islaam Rahim


Board of Directors
Alif Muhammad
Shahwar Syed, MD
Kimberly Newkirk
Emaad Hamwi
Khaled Taha
Ahmed Rehab
Hina Sodha, Esq.
Yaser Tabbara, Esq. - Secretary
Mazen Kudaimi, MD - Vice President
Safaa Zarzour, Esq. - President






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