Council On American-Islamic Relations - Ohio

Protecting Civil Rights. Fighting Bigotry. Promoting Tolerance.

aka CAIR-Ohio   |   Hilliard, OH   |  https://www.cair-ohio.com/

Mission

CAIR-Ohio's mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. Through legal representation, education, media relations, and advocacy, we empower the American Muslim community and encourage participation in political and social activism. We counsel, mediate, and advocate on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or hate crimes. Our lawyers work to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.

Ruling year info

1998

Acting Executive Director

Amina Barhumi

Main address

4985 Cemetery Rd.

Hilliard, OH 43026 USA

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EIN

31-1602287

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Legal Services

CAIR-Ohio currently has a robust pro bono legal department consisting of four full-time multilingual attorneys. Our Legal Advocacy efforts work to ensure equal protection under the law for Muslims and other marginalized people in Ohio. We pursue the appropriate remedying measures ranging from cultural sensitivity training for the perpetrating party, to mediation, to filing complaints with government agencies, to full litigation. By working to uphold the constitution, we reinforce the American principles of justice and freedom for all Americans.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Muslims
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people
Economically disadvantaged people

CAIR-Ohio's Immigrant and New American Education addresses the limited access to resources as well as language and cultural barriers that make it difficult to integrate into life as a new American or immigrant. We are dedicated to helping the Ohio immigrant community through multilingual educational programming and legal immigration assistance. We provide information on accommodations in employment, educational, and healthcare settings through workshops, tabling at community centers, and distributing comprehensive guidebooks. Through our work with community partners, we also conduct “Know Your Rights” workshops for new Americans and immigrants, which cover tenant rights, consumer rights, employment rights, constitutional rights, and rights when interacting with law enforcement.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Ethnic and racial groups

CAIR-Ohio advocates for Muslims and other marginalized groups in the local, state, and federal halls of power and directly in communities. Our civic engagement and advocacy efforts include various programs throughout the year to facilitate opportunities in which Ohio Muslims can engage with elected officials and advocate for legislation that aims to preserve and expand voting rights, strengthen our political system for marginalized communities, protect civil liberties, and promote social justice. We also have a robust non-partisan voter mobilization program with voter registration drives, voter guides, candidate forums, phone banking events, and get out the vote events. As part of this, we provide education on voter ID laws, early voting opportunities, and changes to the voting process.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Muslims
Immigrants and migrants

Our Youth Empowerment Program includes the Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) and our six-week in-person summer internship program. MYLP is a multi-day educational and leadership-building experience designed to equip minority youth with the necessary skills in organizing projects and campaigns that empower their communities. Program participants explore careers in government, activism, advocacy, and politics; gain an understanding of our political ecosystem; learn to apply changes to and through activism; and build skills in campaigning, organizing, and leading. CAIR-Ohio's six-week summer internship program gives a cohort of undergraduate and high school students the opportunity to work on organizational projects both independently and collaboratively to gain important skills, community connections, and work experience to help advance their future academic and professional endeavors. It includes an educational curriculum focused on communication skills, advocacy, media relations, legal work, and nonprofit management.

We also empower our youth to help with voter engagement programs, including voter registration and phone banking. In addition, we conduct “Know Your Rights” workshops for youth organizations to educate them on issues relating to civic engagement, political empowerment, and legal rights. CAIR-Ohio's Civic Engagement and Advocacy programs ensure our direct advocacy with elected representatives involves not only training members of the youth on direct advocacy but also including youth in our meetings with elected representatives.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Muslims
Immigrants and migrants

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Council On American-Islamic Relations - Ohio

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as of 01/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization