As America’s premier Muslim civil rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has worked for more than 25 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’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

Our Mission

CAIR-NY’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


CAIR-NY protects the civil liberties of and empowers American Muslims. CAIR-NY serves the Muslim New Yorkers through legal advocacy, education, media relations, civic engagement, and grassroots mobilization. As a first line of defense, CAIR-NY protects New Yorkers who have experienced discrimination, harassment, hate crimes, and more. We combat Islamophobia and systemic discrimination in all its forms.

Core Initiatives

  • Supporting victims of hate crimes and discrimination

  • Ending unjust profiling and surveillance

  • Countering Islamophobic rhetoric through media relations

  • Educating New Yorkers through workshops and publications

  • Championing fair and just legislation and policies

  • Promoting community activism and civic engagement


Click here to access our 2016 Annual Report

Click here to access our 2017 Annual Report (forthcoming)