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Statement on Settlement of NYC Muslim Surveillance Lawsuits

January 07, 2016 9:46 AM

Statement on Settlement of NYC Muslim Surveillance Lawsuits January 7, 2016, New York – Today, Muslim Advocates and the Center…Read More


Muslim Advocates Issues Travel Advisory for American Muslims Returning from Hajj

August 31, 2017 10:36 AM

Washington, DC – Today, Muslim Advocates issued a travel advisory for American Muslims returning to the United States from Hajj.…Read More

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Reporting Form for Persons Questioned or Detained at the Border

February 10, 2017 4:37 PM

Use our encrypted, confidential reporting form if you’ve been harassed or detained at the border since the issuance of President Trump’s executive order issued on Jan. 27, 2017.

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Lawsuit Against the NYPD

The case directly challenges the unconstitutional and discriminatory surveillance program of the New York Police Department (NYPD), and is the first lawsuit against the NYPD for intrusive practices targeting American Muslims. ...Learn More

Learn more about Hassan v. City of New York Complaint Timeline of Advocacy

Public Records Request to NYPD

Muslim Advocates and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) have filed an appeal in the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court, seeking documents directly from the NYPD about its collaboration with the CIA and efforts to target Muslims in and around New York City for surveillance. ...Learn More

Reply Brief (2014) Appellate Brief (2014) Memo (2012) FOIL (2011)

Amicus Briefs

An amicus brief, literally a "friend of the court," is a legal brief that is often filed in appellate-level courts, and are aimed at educating the court on critical issues in cases pending before the court. Access below a selection of Amicus Briefs filed by Muslim Advocates.

Ibrahim v. DHS (2010) Kindhearts v. Geitner (2009)

Lawsuit against the FBI

Our legal team has been involved in an ongoing effort to seek full disclosure of the unedited copy of the Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines (DIOGs), the investigative guidelines issued by the FBI to its agents. ...Learn More

DIOGS Part 1 DIOGS Part 2 DIOGS Part 3 DIOGS Part 4 Original Complaint

DOJ Guidance on Racial Profiling

After President George W. Bush pledged to end racial profiling in America, the U.S. Department of Justice issued its "Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies." The Guidance purported to ban racial and ethnic profiling, but contained exceptions for border security and national security and failed to include profiling based on religion or national origin. Learn about the history of this issue and why the changes are needed urgently. ...Learn More

Letter (2012) Letter (2010) Congressional letter

Congressional Testimony

Executive Director Farhana Khera testified in support of the End Racial Profiling Act before the U.S. Congress House Judiciary Committee on June 17, 2010, and a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on laptop searches and other violations of privacy faced by Americans returning from overseas travel on June 25, 2008.

2010 Testimony 2008 Testimony

Bratton’s Muslim Mapping Program

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio appointed William Bratton to lead the New York Police Department. Bratton has a troubling record of supporting the types of practices that have caused so much concern among New Yorkers, and Mayor-elect de Blasio has made a campaign promise to reform the NYPD because of these very issues. ...Learn More

Statement ICNY Statement LA Times

Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

Muslim Advocates and The American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) have asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection to investigate the questioning of American Muslims during border inspections about their personal religious and political beliefs and religious practices without any apparent justification. ...Learn More

Letter (2012) FOIA (2010) Letter (2010)

Read Our Reports

Unreasonable Intrusions: Investigating the Politics, Faith & Finances of Americans Returning Home

This report documents the systematic and widespread practice of federal agents interrogating Americans returning home after overseas travel at our nation's borders and international airports. ...Read More

In Focus

Losing Liberty: The State of Freedom 10 Years After the Patriot Act

This report illustrates how the law opened a new era in which federal law enforcement erodes America's cherished freedoms and wastes precious resources. ...Read More

Sign-On Letters

Sign-On Letters

Access our full list of sign-letters letters from our Program to End Racial & Religious Profiling. ...Read More


A key tool used by Muslim Advocates to fight racial and religious profiling is public education on the law and how to protect one’s rights.

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Watch this video to learn crucial Information about how to protect you and your family when approached by law enforcement at your home or at the border.

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How Jawad’s Story Was Heard by Congress

Jawad Khaki, a U.S. citizen and then-corporate vice president of a major technology company based in the Seattle, Washington area, had been subjected to interrogations on at least nine separate occasions.  U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials interrogated Jawad about the personal information of family members, his religious practices, and which mosque he attends.  Officials searched information on his cell phone, made copies of various documents, and extensively searched his belongings, as well as those of family members who traveled with him.
Jawad shared his story with Muslim Advocates.  His story was heard by Congress and Department of Homeland Security Officials when Executive Director Farhana Khera testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Jawad’s story was also used in other advocacy efforts, including a published report that documents the systematic and widespread practice of federal agents interrogating Americans returning home after overseas travel at our nation’s borders and international airports.  Following extensive advocacy efforts by Muslim Advocates, Jawad is no longer harassed when returning to the U.S. from travel abroad.


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