BREAKING NEWS: NYPD Disbands Muslim Spying Unit

BREAKING NEWS: NYPD Disbands Muslim Spying Unit

This development comes after almost three years of litigation and advocacy work by Muslim Advocates and our allies:

  • Posted on: 15 April 2014
  • By: HRASHID

Dear Friends,

I have some exciting news to share. Today, we learned that the New York Police Department has dismantled the unit dedicated to spying on Muslims in New York, New Jersey, and throughout the northeast. This is a great step forward – one that we hope will eventually lead to the full and complete end to the NYPD's Muslim spying program.This development comes after almost three years of litigation and advocacy work by Muslim Advocates and our allies:

Muslim Advocates organized complaint letters to three State Attorneys General and the U.S. Attorney General supported by 100+ community, faith, civic, and civil rights organizations.Muslim Advocates filed three lawsuits – including the first legal challenge to the program in federal court (Hassan, et al. v. City of New York) and two public records requests (one each in New York and New Jersey).The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund partnered with Muslim Advocates on the New York public records request, and
The Center for Constitutional Rights joined us on the legal challenge in federal court in New Jersey. A number of Members of Congress and civic, community, faith, and civil rights leaders and organizations raised their voices for an end to biased policing by the NYPD.

Now is the time to keep the pressure on. While today’s news is a good step forward, the NYPD must take further action to ensure a full and complete end to religious profiling. Nothing in the City’s announcement definitively says they will end broad surveillance practices. We will not rest until the NYPD makes it clear that broad, suspicion less surveillance of Muslims Americans has ended. With your support, Muslim Advocates will keep the pressure on Mayor DeBlasio and the NYPD – through litigation and advocacy – to ensure the City fully and finally respects the rights of the American Muslim American community. That is our commitment and priority. But we cannot do this work alone. We need your help to ensure that today’s news is just the beginning of the complete elimination of overly broad spying practices that target innocent Americans. Your donation today will support our legal appeal and help us keep up the pressure on Mayor DeBlasio and the NYPD. Join us in our fight to end racial and religious profiling. Your support has fueled our successes to date and is crucial to our continued progress together. Join us and let’s keep up the pressure on the NYPD. Thank you for your support!

Best regards, Farhana Khera President & Executive Director Muslim Advocates. Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to promoting freedom, justice and equality for Americans of all faiths, by using the tools of policy engagement, legal advocacy and civic education and by serving as a legal resource to promote the full participation of Muslims in American civic life. Muslim Advocates is a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax exempt nonprofit entity.

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