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Wilfredo Ruiz, Esq.

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Wilfredo Ruiz is Communications Director for CAIR-Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida. CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. He previously served as its civil rights legal counsel for over four years. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Workers Justice in Florida.

Ruiz obtained his BA and JD degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and formalized graduate studies in religion at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut where he was admitted to the master’s degree program in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.  During 1993-97 Ruiz served as an officer for the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps where he acted as a Defense and Legal Assistance Counsel. Along with his honorable discharge, he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal in 1997. In 2005 Ruiz re-joined the Navy as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Officers Corps.

Ruiz was a columnist and blogger for multiple newspapers and electronic media outlets. He regularly engages in public presentations at colleges, universities, theological seminaries and schools as well as professional, governmental, and civic institutions on a variety of topics involving protection of civil liberties, religion, legal, and foreign policy. He has been interviewed and quoted by local, national and international media outlets on diverse issues on civil rights, politics of the Middle East and the Muslim World, Islam, and Christian-Muslim relations. He has been featured on hundreds of national and international media stories throughout United States, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America.

Mr. Ruiz resides in Tamarac with his family.

True and committed civil liberties works and actions are not only desirable but necessary tools towards achieving peace, understanding, and a sound lasting coexistence.