As’Salaamu Alaikum,

This past February, 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.

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 Al-Medina Education Center in Newark, CA to the Islamic Center of Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. 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.

Remember: To protect yourself, a loved one and members of the community, CAIR-SFBA advises you to never allow law enforcement agents inside your residence or workplace except if they present a search warrant signed by a judge. When FBI agents approach you in person or over the phone and once they identify themselves as law enforcement, be polite but insist firmly that you would like to “assert your right to remain silent and that my attorney will contact you”. To allow us to represent you, be sure to take the agent’s contact information before reaching out to us through our incident report form. Never get into a verbal or physical altercation with law enforcement and continue to assert your constitutional rights.

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