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Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

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

CAIR's civil rights department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Pars Equality Center v. Pompeo
2:18-cv-01122 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0040
Coding Complete
On July 31, 2018, two nonprofit organizations and fifteen individuals filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, challenging the Trump Administration's implementation of the waiver provision of the Travel Ban (Presidential Proclamation No. 9645). The Travel Ban indefinitely bans millions of ... [view]
2 Dowl v. Williams
3:18-cv-00119-HRH (D. Alaska)
Filed 05/22/2018 - Case Ongoing
Alaska Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AK-0002
Coding Complete
On May 22, 2018, two prisoners at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, both practicing Muslims, brought this lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC), alleging that prison officials failed numerous times to accommodate their religious needs during Ramadan. According to the plaintiffs, during both the 2017 and 2018 Ramadan seasons ... [view]
3 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
1:18-cv-03097 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 05/01/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-IL-0021
Coding Complete
On May 1, 2018, the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case was assigned to Judge Robert Gettleman. CAIR-Chicago sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency ... [view]
4 Roberts v. Sinclair
2:18-cv-00837-RSM-BAT (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0027
Coding Complete
A group of practicing Muslim prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on June 10, 2018, alleging that prison staff deprived them of nighttime meals while they were fasting during Ramadan. Represented by the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), they ... [view]
5 Sarsour v. Trump
1:17-cv-00120 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-VA-0005
Coding Complete
This class action, filed January 30, 2017, challenged President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) barring legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. and barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The ... [view]
6 Zakzok v. Trump
1:17-cv-02969-GLR (D. Md.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
President Donald Trump
DHS, DOS, Elaine Duke, Rex Tillerson
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0007
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on October 6, 2017 over Section 2 of President Trump’s Sep. 24, 2017 Proclamation ("Executive Order #3" or "EO-3") barring travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries. The plaintiffs were U.S. citizens or permanent residents who would not be able to reunite with their family members or who otherwise ... [view]
7 Baby Doe v. Piehota
1:16-cv-00373 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 04/05/2016 - Closed 2017
Christopher M. Piehota
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-VA-0006
Coding Complete
On April 5, 2016, nineteen American Muslim individuals listed in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ("FBI") Terrorist Screening Database filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), the FBI, the Transportation Security Administration ("TSA"), ... [view]
8 Elhady v. Piehota
1:16-cv-00375-AJT-JFA (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-VA-0008
Coding Complete
This case marks the first time the Trump Administration has asserted the state secrets privilege in a legal challenge to the Terrorism Screening Database (“TSDB” or “the watch list”). The plaintiffs, a group of Muslim-American U.S. citizens represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, filed their lawsuit on April 5, 2016 in ... [view]
9 Fikre v. FBI
3:13-cv-00899-BR (D. Or.)
Filed 2013 - Case Ongoing
Terrorist Screening Center
National Security
NS-OR-0002
Coding Complete
The plaintiff in this federal lawsuit was a naturalized U.S. Citizen. He was denied boarding to a flight from the United Arab Emirates ("UAE") to the United States because of his alleged inclusion on the No Fly List. He filed the lawsuit on May 30, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, against the Federal Bureau of ... [view]
10 Cherri v. Mueller
2:12-cv-11656 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/13/2012 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Immigration and/or the Border
National Security
NS-MI-0001
Coding Complete
On April 13, 2012, a number of Muslim Americans residing in Michigan filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Border Patrol, and the Transportation Security Administration. The plaintiffs claimed that they have ... [view]
11 Fazaga v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
8:11-cv-00301 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2011 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Security
NS-CA-0030
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
12 Mohamed v. Holder
1:11-cv-00050-AJT-TRJ (E.D. Va.)
Filed 2011 - Closed
United States
Department of Homeland Security
National Security
NS-VA-0004
Coding Complete
The plaintiff was a naturalized U.S. Citizen denied boarding to a flight from Kuwait to the United States because of his alleged inclusion on the No Fly List. On January 18, 2011, he filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), the Federal Bureau of ... [view]
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