Department of Justice Meets with MPAC on anti-Muslim Bias


In response to the surge of crimes committed against Muslims in the United States, the latest being the vandalism of an Islamic Community Center in Lutz, Florida with threatening remarks (see for details), the Muslim Public Affairs Council met with senior Department of Justice officials, including Attorney General John Ashcroft, Assistant Attorney General Acosta and Eric Treene, Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination.

MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati expressed concern over the endangerment of the Muslim community in America based on anger about events occurring overseas. He stated that "there is an important need to address issues that have arisen as backlash to the beheadings in the Middle East. Because of this we are working with law enforcement bodies across the U.S. to ensure that violence against the Muslim community is taken seriously." Responding to MPAC's concerns, Attorney General Ashcroft stated that, "this kind of behavior is intolerable and we take it very seriously. Biased crime is un-American and we are making every effort to prevent it." The Department of Justice expressed its appreciation of MPAC's effort to work with law enforcement to minimize discrimination and hate crimes against Muslims.

MPAC is continuing to press the issue with the FBI, which is the primary law enforcement body in any hate crime case. For further details on MPAC's work on the Florida vandalism case with the FBI, visit


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