Community Alert: Reporting Threats and Hate Crimes

In light of recent events affecting American Muslims, CAIR-SFBA is advising the Bay Area Muslim community to take all threats seriously and ensure that local law enforcement are contacted in a timely manner to investigate and address them. CAIR-SFBA’s Civil Rights Department is here to assist you with vetting the credibility of the threat and the proper means of reporting.

Here are some key terms to know and understand:

  • Islamophobia: a close-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims. Islamophobic acts are directed at Islam or Muslims in general
  • Hate Incident: an act made against a person, property, or community which is motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation
    • For example, hate speech may be a hate incident. So anti-Muslim social media messages (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.), phone calls, voicemails, text messages, e-mails, website attacks/hacks, phone calls, verbal threats, and/or physical threats are hate incidents. Note: Some hate incidents may rise to the level of a crime depending on the nature and specificity of the threat. It is important to report all such incidents, because taken together they tell a more complete picture of our community’s experience and in some cases they may be lead to an eventual crime
  • Hate Crime: a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or community, which is motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation
    • For example, the following may be hate crimes: vandalizing a mosque, the office of a religious organization, or other place of worship; desecrating a religious symbol or another person’s property with the intent to terrorize; acts of violence against a person because of the victim’s protected status

Report an Incident

Report any suspicious activity or individuals to the local police, and to the mosque or organization that it involves

Report Islamophobia, hate incidents, and hate crimes to CAIR-SFBA, so we can document it, and provide assistance as needed. To contact CAIR-SFBA’s Civil Rights Department call 408.986.9874 or submit this online form

*Note: all reports to CAIR are confidential, and all services provided by our Civil Rights Department are free of charge.

Additionally, CAIR is urging community leaders, mosque officials, Muslim school administrators, and Muslim organization officials to implement safety measures and increase security efforts as outlined in CAIR’s booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” A free copy can be requested online or by calling 408.986.9874.