DENVER – The Council on American-Islamic Relations will open a new chapter in Colorado as it expands its operation nationwide to include more local chapters.
The Colorado chapter is one of three new ones the organization is opening, bringing its total number of regional office to 30. CAIR is the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.
CAIR says its new Colorado chapter will work on civil rights cases, increase community participation within the Muslim community, and build relationships with lawmakers and law enforcement on civil rights.
The chapter will open amid a slew of possible hate crimes against Muslims in Colorado over the past few months.
On Feb. 7, the FBI was also called in to help El Paso County Sheriff’s Office investigators work to find out whether or not an Indian family in Peyton, Colo. was the victim of a hate crime. Their home was vandalized with eggs, dog feces, bath tissue, and papers scrawled with messages regarding their racial and ethnic background.
"The addition of these new chapters reflects the tremendous support CAIR is receiving from the American Muslim community and from the larger society in the post-election period, and demonstrates the necessity to challenge growing bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority communities," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
It’s unclear at this time exactly where Colorado’s chapter will be based. Requests for clarification have been made to CAIR-Colorado chapter members.