The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has last week launched a new civil rights app that allows users report incidents of hate crimes.
“It has been on the back burner for some time. Its development got accelerated though with the election of Donald Trump,” spokesman for CAIR, Ibrahim Hooper told CNN.
“It’s on a daily basis now that we are issuing a statement about some hate crime somewhere in the country, some days multiple incidents.
“One of the reasons we wanted to make the app is because that’s how so many young people access the world, they feel more comfortable using an app than making a phone call sometimes,” Ibrahim further stated.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year, according to a CAIR press release.
This spike in anti-Muslim incidents, the CAIR press release states, was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
According to the release, the CAIR civil rights app is free to use, and offers advice about an individual’s constitutional rights.
“We urge all American Muslims and their supporters to download CAIR’s app and to take advantage of its much-needed features, particularly the function allowing reporting of bias incidents,” CAIR National Executive Director, Nihad Awad said in a statement.
CAIR is hoping that an easier reporting process will make the number of incidents reported closer to the number that actually occur.
“A lot of these incidents go unreported so anything we can do to make it easier to report, we want to do,” Ibrahim said.
TheNewsGuru reports CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil rights 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.