As’Salaamu Alaikum,

This past month, your legal team at CAIR-SFBA was active within the community in assisting individuals by providing direct legal services leading to timely representation and advocacy on a whole host of issues ranging from employment discrimination, travel complaints to filing asylum applications. Additionally, the team continued conducting its Know Your Rights Workshops for students who might be at risk of bullying based on protected characteristics such as racial/ethnic background and religious identity.

In November, CAIR-SFBA’s legal staff was involved in conducting workshops at various locations across the community on identifying the signs and type of behaviors classified as ‘bullying’ and/or ‘harassment’ in schools as well as how to report such incidents to school administrators and teachers. In addition, our workshops aimed at working with youth to engage them in discussions regarding the mental and physical effects of bullying and how to actively prevent such behavior within their classrooms. Crucially, the workshops also detailed state and federal laws that protect students from bullying and harassment especially legal protections and obligations imposed upon school districts in California which mandate reporting and complaint procedures. Finally, the workshops also instructed students on what their rights were relating to their freedom of religion in schools such as dress, prayer and holiday observances. Our staff was present at locations ranging from MCC East Bay to the Islamic Center of Mill Valley and will include other such as the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara and the San Francisco Islamic Schools in December. If you would like to book a workshop based on bullying prevention and empowering students to defend their rights, please fill out this online form.

As a general reminder, if you find yourself or a loved one a target of discrimination and harassment while traveling, at your workplace, at healthcare facilities and on school premises, please reach out to us through our incident report form. More generally, we recommend contacting our legal department at 408. 986.9874 for personalized legal consultations or reading through our Know Your Rights materials found on our website.

Sincerely,

Ammad Rafiqi, Esq.
Civil Rights & Legal Services Coordinator