Welcome to the Cleveland Chapter of CAIR-Ohio
As-Salaamu Alaykum. Peace be with you.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is a 501c3 grassroots civil rights and educational organization with 35 Chapters in the United States and Canada.
Our Cleveland Chapter serves Northern Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Mansfield, and Toledo. We function as a clearinghouse for issues related to Islam and Muslims in Northern Ohio. Each day we strive to advocate for justice and mutual understanding. Our mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Our work covers three broad areas: civil rights advocacy, educational outreach, and public relations.
Civil Rights Advocacy
Our civil rights team handles cases of alleged religious, national origin and ethnic discrimination. Our experienced in-house attorneys have successfully resolved numerous cases of discrimination involving public accommodations, employment, bank account closures, green card and citizenship delays, and more. We also assist our community in reporting potential bias incidents and hate crimes. If you feel you have been discriminated against, please report your case using our on-line case intake service.
Our educational outreach team presents accurate information on Islam and Muslims to an array of organizations including hospitals, schools, social service agencies, law enforcement, religious and civic groups, and members of the general public. Over the years we have provided presentations to hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals. Presentation topics include:
- Understanding Islam and Muslims 101
- Optimizing Care for Muslim Patients and Clients
- What Law Enforcement Should Know About the Muslim Community
- Understanding Islam and Muslims for Social Service Providers
- Understanding Islam and Muslims for Educators
- Understanding Islam and Muslims for Employers
- Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities
- Islamic Perspectives on Domestic Violence
- Focus on Women in Islam
- Know Your Rights Workshops
Challenging Islamophobia Workshop: A Survival Guide
Profiling Islam: Faith Under Surveillance
We also provide Muslim speakers for panel discussions, interfaith prayer services, media programs, etc. If you or your organization would like to request a speaker, please use our on-line speaker request form.
Public & Media Relations
CAIR strives to present an accurate image of Islam and Muslims in the media and in public discourse. We conduct regular meetings with editorial boards, host seminars on Islam and Muslims for media professionals, and serve as a valuable resource and clearinghouse for media professionals. We strive to present reliable and timely information to journalists and to the public.