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CAIR-FLORIDA ALERTS COMMUNITY ON MULTI-STATE FBI OPERATION CALLING AMERICAN MUSLIMS FOR QUESTIONING, OPENS 24-7 CALL HOTLINE TO REQUEST LEGAL REPRESENTATION

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(Miami, FL, 11/5/2016) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today is alerting the Florida Muslim community and the American Muslim community at large of a nationwide FBI Operation calling Muslims to be interviewed. CAIR-Florida has learned that multiple members of the Florida Muslim community and in various other states, mainly from Pakistani or Afghan descent, have been approached for questioning by FBI agents in the past 24 hours.
 
"We are extremely worried this FBI operation is happening less than two days short of the upcoming Presidential election. CAIR-Florida devoted many resources to mobilize the American Muslim community to participate and vote in this election process. We want to make sure that everybody in our community is aware of their Constitutional right to have legal representation when called for questioning by the FBI or by any other Federal Law Enforcement agent." said Hassan Shibly, CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director.
 
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, CAIR-Florida Communications Director expressed that CAIR-Florida's has six attorneys among their 20 people staff, serving on different capacities. "Our legal team in our Civil Rights office is ready and standing by to answer any call for legal representation from any member of our community approached by the FBI or law enforcement for questioning.  We will give top priority to this, especially in this sensitive time, when many in our community are exercising their right to vote."  
 
CAIR-Florida has opened a 24-7 Hotline to request legal representation when approached by FBI for questioning: (407)694-9584
 
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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