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Department of Justice Backgrounder on Outreach and Enforcement Efforts to Protect American Muslims   [open pdf - 356KB]

"On the occasion of President Obama's historic speech in Cairo, Egypt today, the Department of Justice prepared this background document to describe its ongoing efforts to defend and protect the rights of the nearly seven million American Muslims living in the United States. Since 9/11, the Justice Department has investigated over 800 incidents involving violence or threats against individuals who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or of Arab, Middle-Eastern or South Asian origin. It has brought federal charges against 48 defendants, with 41 convictions to date. In many cases DOJ has helped state and local authorities bring about more than 160 bias crime prosecutions since 9/11. In particular, the Civil Rights Division is tasked with protecting the religious rights and freedoms of all Americans."

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