An American Islamic Group Launches A Mobile Application To Report Hate Crimes

Jun

26

2017

In hopes of getting an accurate number of hate crimes against Muslims in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the CAIR, on Friday launched a portable device that allows victims to report incidents of discrimination.

The launch of the application , called “Activating Democracy for All”, is available for Android and iOS , a month after the council announced a 44 percent increase in the number of hate crimes reported by US Muslims last year.

CARE, which fears that the 260 hate crimes reported last year represent only a fraction of the actual number, aims to encourage Muslims more to report such crimes through enforcement.

“At the moment of shock, you do not think I need to access the Internet and introduce something, but your phone will always be in your hand,” said Corey Saylor, who runs the council’s efforts against what is known as “Islam phobia” or Islamophobia.

The application allows the user to describe an incident, to be investigated by CARE staff. If the Council concludes that the incident was a result of religious bias, it will be included in its reports, and if the incident is thought to be criminal, details will be shared with the local police.

CARE said in a publication on its website that the application advises on what rights are protected by the US Constitution and contains contact information at CARE’s national headquarters in Washington and local branches throughout the United States.

CARE resumed this year following anti-Muslim incidents following an increase in biases last year. While the council saw an increase in anti-Muslim incidents ahead of Donald Trump’s stunning rise in last year’s presidential election and the election victory last November, he said the acceleration of prejudice was partly due to Trump’s focus on armed Islamist groups and his anti-immigrant statements .

Trump, known for his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant attitudes, argues that his policies do not reflect religious discrimination but aim to improve national security after a series of attacks.

It is not the first time a US human rights group has used a mobile application to try to track incidents of bias. The Sikh Alliance launched a similar application in 2012 to report incidents of bias at US airports.

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