April 15, 2014 5:50 PM
The New York City Police Department had been spying on American Muslims without any suspicion of wrongdoing for almost ten years when the program was exposed by a group of investigative journalists. Unwarranted attention by law enforcement is not new to Muslim communities throughout the country, but the details revealed of the NYPD’s massive surveillance program were truly unprecedented. Civil rights, interfaith, and Muslim community groups, as well as members of Congress, immediately began criticizing the NYPD’s practices and called for them to end. As soon as the program became public, Muslim Advocates launched a legal and public advocacy campaign that has included two public records requests, which turned into litigation, letters calling for an investigation to three State Attorneys General and the U.S. Attorney General, and the first lawsuit challenging the program as unconstitutional.
As NYPD Commissioner William Bratton announced the dismantling of the unit that carried out the spying program, Muslim Advocates will be holding him accountable to that promise by continuing its legal and public advocacy campaign and seeking verification that the Department discontinues its practice of monitoring law-abiding Muslims.
April 13, 2014 9:58 PM
Read the joint statement issued after the shooting at the Jewish centers in Kansas.
March 21, 2014 6:00 AM
Today, a group of New Jersey Muslims represented by Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed a federal district court’s dismissal of Hassan, et al v. City of New York, which challenges the discriminatory New York Police Department (NYPD) spying program that targets innocent American Muslims because of their faith.