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Helping Lawyers Understand the Muslim-American Community Today
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 11:30 AM

 

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

 

are pleased to announce

 

Voices From Silence Post 9/11 Project Lecture Series

 

“Helping Lawyers Understand the Muslim-American Community Today"

 

presented by

 

Zafar Siddiqui, Islamic Resource Group

 

 Wednesday, February 27, 11:30-1:00 P.M.

 

at

 

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P,

2800 LaSalle Plaza
800 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55402

 

The 9/11 tragedy changed the world for Muslim-Americans. Anti-Muslim sentiment has increased and Muslims find themselves under heightened public scrutiny. Legal practitioners and others need to understand the issues facing the Muslim community in order to better serve it. Zafar Siddiqui, President of the Islamic Resource Group in Minnesota, will discuss the experiences of immigrant and indigenous Muslim-Americans in the aftermath of 9/11. Mr. Siddiqui will present information about the local Muslim community, including some of the major challenges it faces today. He will provide various statistics involving discrimination, hate incidences, and hate speech against this community, and present tips for lawyers on how to address bias in the legal system. He will also discuss resources which can be used to gain an increased awareness of Muslim-Americans in Minnesota.

 

Biographical Information

Zafar Siddiqui is the president of the Islamic Resource Group, an educational organization based in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He was born in India and came to the U.S. in 1991. Zafar holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana, and is a software engineer by profession. He is also the Vice Chairman of the board of Al-Amal School, the only full-time Islamic school in Minnesota. Zafar is married to Amina and has four children.

Please R.S.V.P. to Julia Kashaeva at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by noon on Friday, February 22. Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 127 • Email: jkashaeva@advrights.org
Lectures are free and open to the public (registration required).  Buffet lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.  Application will be made for one Elimination of Bias Continuing Legal Education credit.

For directions to Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi LLP visit: 

http://www.rkmc.com/Minneapolis-Directions.htm