Greater Los Angeles AreaOctober 10, 2012


From the Civil Rights Desk


Dear Community,


Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? All around the nation, groups are coming together this month to raise awareness on the important issue of bullying in schools. CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area has been working on the issue of school bullying of American Muslim students throughout the year. Below, we are sharing some of our work around this issue and ways in which you can join the fight against bullying.


What CAIR-LA Is Doing To Address Bullying of American Muslim Students:

  • We are currently conducting a survey of American Muslim students between the ages of 11-18 to better understand the issues they face in public schools. The survey is available here.
  • CAIR-LA was invited by the California Immigrant Policy Center to train community advocates on how to handle anti-Muslim bullying. 
  • We provided awareness workshops throughout the year to the Muslim community to train parents and students on how to address bullying at their schools, and educate them about the protections available to them under state and federal laws. You can request a workshop here.
  • CAIR-LA was invited by the U.S. Department of Education to attend the National Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington D.C., where we provided attendees with our policy paper entitled Tolerated Bigotry: The Silent Crisis of Anti-Muslim Bullying 

What Can Parents Do To Prevent Bullying? 

  • Build a relationship of trust with your children so they feel comfortable telling you about their problems.
  • Look for signs that your child is being bullied: bruises, scrapes, anxiety about attending school, etc.
  • Notify the school in writing if your child is being bullied.
  • Keep a record of complaints and always follow up.
  • Let your child know it is not his or her fault and they have nothing to be ashamed of.
  • California has laws against bullying. Keep schools accountable: Report to CAIR-LA at 714-776-1177. 

What Can Students Do To Prevent Bullying?

  • If you are being bullied, tell the bully to stop and walk away.
  • Do not fight back.
  • You have the power to stop a bully - if you see someone being bullied, speak out.
  • Telling someone is not the same as tattling - report it to a teacher and to your parents.
  • Think about the information you post on the internet. It is easy to be a bully on the internet and you may be violating a law if you send someone mean texts, instant messages or posts on social media sites.
  • Take CAIR-CA's Muslim Youth at School survey here!


Be safe!

Fatima sig 
atima Dadabhoy
CAIR-LA Civil Rights Attorney






Asem Abusir, MBA 
Baraa Kahf, Esq
  Vice President

Amana Siddiqi 


Yasir Mahar 


Shamel Abd-Allah, MD
Hafez M. Hafez
Omar Jubran
Shereen Sabet, PhD

    Deeba Sultani  



Hussam Ayloush
Executive Director 

Ameena Mirza Qazi 
Deputy Executive Director/Staff Attorney

Alia Aboul-Nasr
  Special Events Coordinator

Adeeb Ahmad  
Field Organizer
Zienab Abdelgany  
Programs Coordinator 

Fatima Dadabhoy 
Civil Rights Attorney 


  Sherrel Johnson 
Community Relations Manager

Asim Khan  
Multimedia Specialist 

Nour Kweider

Membership Specialist 

Cecilia Peralta 

Membership & Administrative Coordinator

Arefa Simjee
Membership Specialist

Adel Syed
Government Relations Coordinator


Munira Syeda

Communications Manager

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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