Many of the laws, policies, and practices that adversely impact the civil rights of American Muslim communities are equally harmful to many other communities. Accordingly, the Muslim Legal Fund of America actively establishes strategic alliances with organizations dedicated to protecting freedom and promoting justice for all in America. These organizations include:
National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
MLFA is one of over a dozen civil rights organizations that formed the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. The coalition's mission is:
To educate the public about the erosion of civil and political freedoms in the society, and the abuses of prisoners with the U.S. criminal justice system especially after 9/11, and to advocate for the preservation of those freedoms and to defend those rights according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its related UN Conventions, and the Geneva Conventions.
The coalition specifically addresses the following issues: thought crime; manufactured charges; racial, religious and political profiling; and inhuman treatment of prisoners. Learn more about NCPCF at http://www.civilfreedoms.org.
Charity and Security Network
MLFA is a member of the Charity and Security Network, which aims to reform existing law and policy that impede Americans’ ability to engage in charitable giving. MLFA is also a member of the Rights Working Group, an umbrella organization that coordinates nationwide efforts to protect civil liberties and human rights for all people in America.
The Charity and Security Network was established by charities, grant-makers, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups in November 2008 to eliminate unnecessary and counterproductive counterterrorism measures that create significant barriers to legitimate charitable work.
By removing barriers to legitimate humanitarian efforts, the Charity and Security Network seeks to "protect programs that fight poverty, provide essential services in underserved communities, the work of human rights and peace advocates and U.S. nonprofits from those that support violence and from over-reaching and unfair government rules." More information about the Charity and Security Network is available at www.charityandsecurity.org.
Rights Working Group
The Rights Working Group "strives to restore the American commitment to protect civil liberties and human rights for all people in the U.S." and is comprised of "a strong coalition of civil liberties, human rights and civil rights, national security, and immigrant rights organizations to work hand in hand to restore due process."
Like MLFA, the Rights Working Group defends the principles of due process, the right to a fair trial, and the cessation of arbitrary and indefinite detentions as well as unfair deportations and selective enforcement of laws. More information about the Rights Working Group is available at www.rightsworkinggroup.org.
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR's mission to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. You can learn more about CAIR at http://www.cair.com.
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Established in 1993 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Muslim American Society is a charitable, religious, social, cultural and educational organization. Over the past two decades, MAS has expanded to more than 50 chapters across the United States. MAS offers unique programs and services that seek to better the individual and in turn, the greater society by imparting Islamic knowledge, promoting community service, engaging in political activism and much more. Learn more about MAS at http://www.masnet.org.
American Muslim Taskforce (AMT)
The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections is an umbrella organization representing American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim Student Association - National (MSA-N), and Project Islamic Hope (PIH). To learn more about AMT, visit http://www.americanmuslimtaskforce.net.
North American Imams Federation (NAIF)
The North American Imams Federation is a not-for-profit Islamic organization specializing in general services for imams. Its aim is to meet both the tangible and spiritual needs of imams in North America. It also aims at improving the relationships between imams and their administrators as well as between imams and their congregations. Learn more about NAIF at http://www.imamsofamerica.org.