The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is comprised of legally independent, governed and managed chapters across the country that work together to defend the civil liberties of Americans. CAIR National is headquartered in Washington, D.C. There are over 32 affiliated CAIR chapters across America.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dallas-Fort Worth chapter (CAIR-DFW), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization was formed in 1998 to challenge stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and defend their civil liberties.

CAIR-DFW’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Our vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR-DFW exists to educate, advocate, and mobilize towards a more just society. The majority of our work deals with civil rights and anti-defamation. CAIR-DFW has consistently won praise from the community, elected officials and the media for their consistent effort to combat both discrimination against Muslims and Islamophobia.

  • CAIR supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
  • CAIR is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.
  • CAIR supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.
  • CAIR opposes domestic policies that limit civil rights, permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
  • CAIR is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.
  • CAIR supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government based on socio-economic justice.
  • CAIR believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.
  • CAIR condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.
  • CAIR advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.
  • CAIR supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women

ORGANIZATIONAL FACTS

 

  1. CAIR’s National office is located three blocks south of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
  2. CAIR has affiliates in 26 states. Many affiliates manage multiple offices. CAIR has more than thirty active chapters in America and Canada.
  3. CAIR and its affiliates are managed by board members who are well-known professionals from 50 different cities across America. CAIR board members are doctors, professors, engineers, homemakers, scientists, students, computer professionals, business people, public officials, accountants, etc. CAIR and its affiliates combine to employ more than 100 full-time staff serving millions of American Muslims.
  4. CAIR financial statements are audited by professional accountants and are certified as having passed with distinction. CAIR Annual Reports are made available to all our members and donors. Beginning in 2006 CAIR Annual Reports will be made available online.

OUR WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POLICY MAKERS

  1. CAIR officials have met or regularly meet with U.S. Presidents, members of the administration, members of congress, governors, mayors, members of state legislatures, county commissioners and others. Several CAIR affiliates have received proclamations and citations from mayors and county commissioners.
  2. CAIR regularly meets with law enforcement officials at the national, state and local levels. After the August 2006 arrest of men accused of planning bomb attacks on U.S. bound airliners the FBI invited CAIR along with other Muslim organizations to participate in a joint press conference. In 2003 CAIR officials spoke at a joint press conference with the FBI in Miami urging the community to assist law enforcement in their search for a man on the most wanted list.
  3. CAIR has conducted diversity/sensitivity training on Islam and Muslims for the FBI, U.S. Armed Forces, several local and state law enforcement agencies, and many US corporations.

OUR ADVOCACY IS PART OF MAINSTREAM AMERICA

  1. CAIR, along with several Muslim and other faith-based organizations, opposed the Iraq invasion in 2003. Today a majority of Americans affirm our moral opposition to the Iraq war.
  2. CAIR, along with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, was among the first to condemn torture as a tool for interrogation. Today a majority of Americans affirm our moral opposition to torture.
  3. CAIR along with Muslim and Arab-American groups called for an immediate cease fire in the Middle East during the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict. Today a majority of Americans affirm our moral position on calling for a cease fire.
  4. CAIR joined with the ACLU to file a lawsuit opposing the government’s NSA wiretapping scheme. A district judge affirmed our position and struck down this illegal activity. Our advocacy is part of mainstream America.
  5. CAIR, along with the ACLU, was among the first organizations to oppose parts of the USA Patriot Act. Several hundred cities and a few states passed resolutions against the un-constitutional provisions of the Patriot Act. Once again our views are part of mainstream America.
  6. CAIR produces a one of a kind report chronicling the status of civil rights for American Muslims. CAIR has recorded over 6,000 cases in the past decade and successfully intervened in many of these reported cases of discrimination, profiling or harassment of American Muslims.

OUR PRESENCE IN THE MEDIA AS A VOICE FOR AMERICAN MUSLIMS

  1. CAIR officials are regularly interviewed by national, local and international media. In the past five years CAIR officials have been cited over 11,000 times in major national and local media (Source: Factiva). CAIR’s work is now the subject of several positive documentaries around the world.
  2. Editorials written by CAIR officials are syndicated and published nationwide. Over 100 such articles with a combined readership of over 25 million people have been published in major newspapers in the last 5 years.
  3. CAIR’s public service announcements (PSA) on “I am American, I am Muslim” and “Not in the Name of Islam” have been viewed by over 10 million people.
  4. CAIR developed and ran an ad campaign in the New York Times titled “I am American, I am Muslim.” The NY Times has a circulation of over 1 million people.