The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization. CAIR's 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.
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Become a Sponsor 2016 Banquet

Online, print, and promotional item opportunities are available. Let us customize an opportunity to help your sponsorship shine.

Early Sponsor Offer: To those who are able to commit to a sponsorship by April 30, 2016, we are offering priority seating and early sponsorship recognition for increased visibility between now and June.

To reserve your sponsorship today, simply call our office with a credit card or make checks payable to CAIR-WA, 815 First Avenue, #204, Seattle, WA 98104. If you have any questions or would like to reserve your sponsorship via email or phone, please contact Arsalan Bukhari, Executive Director, at 206.367.4081 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We expect this year’s annual banquet to bring over 500 diverse supporters from government, faith, business, non-profit, and community-based organizations as well as Muslim community members who share a deep commitment to the ideals of justice and mutual understanding. CAIR-WA’s events have a reputation for being diverse, hopeful and action-oriented. This is a great opportunity to share your organization's message with our audience of more than 500 supporters.

This year’s event is special because our work takes on a new urgency when the next generation of American Muslims cannot focus on getting their education and live in fear every day. Today, even in Washington State, American Muslim children are afraid to go to school or public places and Muslim hospital workers are called religious and ethnic slurs by patients who refuse their medical care.

We believe in the future of our country and its diverse people. We want our children to become not only full participants in society but to follow their hopes and dreams and become leaders in American society. But, first, we know we have to expand our work to be able tell our stories far beyond the enlightened few.

CAIR-WA cooperating attorney assists person approached by FBI

Abel FBI interview case studyAfter more than a day of flying from Ethiopia to the United States, Abel*, a Washington State resident, felt exhausted. All he needed was to get through airport customs before he could go home and relax.  

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Your support will help CAIR-WA defend hundreds of local Muslims’ civil rights every year. train hundreds of media speakers to change millions of hearts and minds, train hundreds of local Muslims in political engagement so lawmakers represent us, build results-focused relationships with leaders in faith, business and labor, and help hundreds of local Muslim youth enter careers in media & politics where they shape public opinion and laws.

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Imam experiencing extreme delay in green card application helped by CAIR-WA

In January, 2013, CAIR-WA met with Imam Abdi*, an imam of a mosque in Washington State, to discuss the status of his green card application.  Though he arrived to the U.S. as a refugee in 2005 and then applied for Permanent Resident status in 2006, Imam Abdi continues what has been a six year struggle to see that his I-485 Application to Adjust to Permanent Residency is processed. The standard time of approval for an I-485 document is four months. 

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Almost half of Muslim students in California bullied in school

Growing in Faith

A survey found that almost half of Muslim students in California, ages 11 to 18, have experienced bullying because of their religion, race, ethnicity or other bias-based reasons. The survey also found the following disturbing trends:

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Phone call by caller impersonating FBI agent alarms local resident

Puget Sound area resident Kareem* received a startling voicemail on June 13, 2013 from a man claiming to be “Mike Anderson” of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The man stated that Kareem was “wanted” by the FBI and should turn himself in immediately. He stated that if Kareem if he didn’t surrender himself to his local police department, he would be detained and possibly arrested.

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Community alert: Scam artists claiming to be federal government agents

Community alert: Scam artists claiming to be federal government agents

Community members from across the country, including across Washington State, have received threatening, fraudulent phone calls from an unknown caller who claims to be a federal government agent.  Watch news VIDEO with a summary of the issue and victims' stories here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1XaT2JRdBk

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IT executive contacted by FBI for interview, represented by CAIR-WA cooperating attorney

On January 16, 2013, Hamza*, an IT executive, e-mailed CAIR-WA explaining that the FBI had contacted him wanting information about someone who had been hired at his mosque, located in Washington State.  The FBI expressed interest in learning more about the person hired because they had received several complaints about him.

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CAIR-WA receives ACLU-WA's 2013 'Civil Libertarian Award'

On Saturday, November 9, 2013 at its annual 'Bill of Rights Dinner,' the ACLU of Washington honored CAIR-Washington State's team of tireless volunteers, interns, staff, & board members with the 2013 'Civil Libertarian Award' for being a "forceful voice for fair treatment and respect for the rights of Muslims." The event was held at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott.

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Middle school teacher’s ignorant message to class, “religious Muslims are killing Americans”

In 2013, Ms. Nicole Jones*, a middle school teacher in Washington State, wanted to teach her class about the impact of the attacks on September 11, 2001. During the lesson, a student asked her “why are Muslims killing Americans and which Muslims are doing this?”

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Business owners face sudden lease changes, pursue matter with city council with CAIR-WA’s help

Two business tenants of a city in King County, Abdullahi and Khadra1, contacted CAIR-WA regarding the lease on several businesses they own.

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Woman asked questions about national origin, terminated from job

NihalEmployment Nihal contacted CAIR-WA after she was terminated from her job at a retail store in Seattle.

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Stops at US-Canada border cause frustration, CAIR-WA seeks more cases in effort to end profiling

Stops at US-Canada border cause frustration, CAIR-WA seeks more cases in effort to end profiling

Mukhtar[1], a natural-born U.S. citizen shared several stories of humiliation and frustration while traveling by car to and from Canada through the land border.

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Repeated graffiti incidents at Islamic school investigated by police

IslamicSchool On January 3rd, 2013, a community member contacted CAIR-WA to report graffiti on a Puget Sound area Islamic school’s property.

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Shots fired at apartment and car window, police takes action only after CAIR-WA asks for meeting

Outreach campaign protects students in response to inflammatory Op-ed

Over the past year and a half, Ahmed[1] and his family, residents of King County, have apparently been terrorized and targeted by an unknown person.

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New employee mocked for religious beliefs, fired during training period

Adnan [1], an employee for a company at the SeaTac International Airport, was harassed by a female supervisor who became upset with him when he declined to shake her hand because of his religious observance of modesty. (Many observant Muslims believe that physical contact with a member of the opposite gender should be avoided.)

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Man threatened with lease termination for denying dog inspection

Outreach campaign protects students in response to inflammatory Op-ed On July 24, 2013, Adam [1], a Muslim man living in rental housing in the Puget Sound area was informed that he may be fined or may have his lease terminated by August 3, 2013 because of his family’s religious abstention to contact with dogs.

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CAIR-WA welcomes largest class of summer interns in history

CIAR-WA 2013 Interns

On June 19, 2013, CAIR-Washington welcomed four new interns into their office. The latest batch of interns Shelby Bautista, Francis Wilson, Tooba Dilshad, and Monica Parry, contributed to what is now the largest class of summer interns in CAIR-WA history. In total, CAIR-WA’s 14 interns and volunteer office team members will complete over 2,500 volunteer hours each month during this summer.

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Outreach campaign protects students in response to inflammatory Op-ed

Outreach campaign protects students in response to inflammatory Op-ed On July 23, 2013, Mona [1] an Eastern Washington resident, read an article in her small town newspaper that left her in great fear of violence and retaliation. On that day, Union Post* editors decided to publish an opinion article that used inflammatory anti-Muslim language and blatant hate speech, to accuse the Muslim community of trying to infiltrate the US.

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Deliver Eid Greetings to Your Neighbors!

Photo of Muslims with neighbors

Make a difference this Eid by joining thousands of Muslims across the state to spread the joys of Eid to your neighbors of other faiths!

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