Know Your Rights

Since September 11, 2001, Muslim Americans have had a number of questions concerning their rights, particularly when approached by a law enforcement or immigration official. The following links to documents provide basic information about the rights of individuals facing questioning or investigation by a law enforcement official.

Click here to learn your rights in an FBI or police interview.

Government Information

Airline Discrimination FAA Complaint Form

EEOC Questions and Answers about the Workplace Rights of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs.

EEOC Questions and Answers about the Employer Responsibilities concerning the Employment of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs.

EEOC Guide regarding Employment Discrimination Based on Religion, Ethnicity, or Country of Origin

Federal Bureau of Prisons Religious Beliefs and Practices Technical Manual

INS Immigration Classifications and Visa Categories

INS Detention Religious Practice Guidelines

United States Commission on Civil Rights

United States Department of Housing Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

United States Department of Justice Information on the Initiative to Combat Post-9/11 Discriminatory Backlash

United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General- Reporting claims of discrimination against DOJ Employees

United States Department of Labor Foreign Labor Certification

United States Department of State Embassy and Diplomatic Missions

United States Department of Treasury Voluntary Guidelines for Arab and Muslim Charitable Organizations

Civil Rights Related/ Immigration Related Organization Guides

ACLU Know Your Rights Pamphlet: What to Do If You’re Stopped by the Police, the FBI, the INS or the Customs Service

ADC Guide regarding how to Respond to Incidents of Discrimination in Schools

ADC Immigration Law Advisory on INS Special Registration Program

ADC Guide on what to do if you are discriminated against

ACLU Immigrant Rights Groups Links

ACLU National Security Information Page

AILF Immigration Information Post-9/11

NLG Know Your Rights for many different situations

Civil Rights Related Organizations

American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

American Civil Liberties Union

American Immigration Law Association

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

National Lawyers Guild

Human Rights First

Partnership for Civil Justice

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