As America’s premier Muslim civil rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has worked for more than 20 years to defend the constitution.  The New York chapter is one of the busiest and most dynamic of CAIR’s thirty-five nationwide affiliates, defending, representing, and educating nearly one million Muslims in the New York area.

Our vision

CAIR-NY wants to ensure that a majority of Americans recognize that Muslim Americans' constitutional rights are indispensable to a just and holistic understanding of the United States constitution.

Our Mission

CAIR-NY's mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.  Through legal representation, education, media relations, and advocacy, CAIR–NY empowers the American Muslim community and encourages their participation in political and social activism.  CAIR–NY counsels, mediates, and advocates 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, thus supporting the rights of all Americans.

Strategic Initiatives

  • Responses to attacks on the Muslim community.

  • Support for victims of hate crimes and other violence.

  • Legal support for those facing discrimination.

  • Responses to anti-Muslim bullying with new resources and workshops.

  • Help for parents securing religious accommodations in schools.

  • "Know Your Rights" training seminars to educate thousands of attendees.

  • Voter registration and engagement.

  • Assistance for those facing harassment from law enforcement, including delays and searches at the boarder.

  • Efforts with local and state officials to combat Islamophobia.

  • Securing holidays, such as Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha, for New York City Public Schools.

  • Established the New York Muslim American Advisory Council.


Click here to access our 2016 Annual Report

Click here to access our 2017 Annual Report (forthcoming)