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Civil Rights Orgs Provide Free Legal Services for Victims of Anti-Muslim Violence
by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
After the shootings in San Bernadino, California, Los-Angeles-based civil rights organization have come together to provide free legal services for Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian (AMENSA) community members targeted by anti-Muslim violence and unwarranted law enforcement questioning and surveillance.
"Islamophobia has quickly spread and increased in the recent weeks since the San Bernardino shooting. In Los Angeles alone, there have been over 20 reported hate incidents, and throughout California, multiple mosques have been vandalized and attacked," Dorothy Chang, staff attorney at Advancing Justice-LA told NBC News. "Public officials have added fuel to the fire with their intolerant and hateful anti-Muslim statements."
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the ACLU of Southern California, and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) have set up three hotlines so that community members can easily access legal services and learn more about their rights.
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