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Transgender Muslim Woman Says Arizona Civil Rights Group Discriminated Against Her
by Miriam Wasser
Local Muslim woman Sumayyah Dawud says a civil rights organization defending her in a religious-discrimination case against the Phoenix Police Department dropped her as a client after learning she's transgender.
The Council on American and Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country, offered to represent Dawud after she said a Phoenix police officer who arrested her had, despite her protests, removed the head and face coverings she wears for religious reasons.
Dawud first told CAIR-AZ about the incident in February 2015 and had been working with one of the group's local attorneys, Liban Yousuf, until he sent her a letter recently saying CAIR was severing the relationship.
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