About Us – CAIR Florida
Thursday, 22 February 2024

About Us

WHO WE ARE

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a federation of legally independent, governed and managed chapters across the country that work together to defend the Civil Liberties of Americans. CAIR National is the founding organization and has its own Board of Directors, as do each of the chapters across the country. All of the CAIR chapters’ board members, employees and volunteers represent the diversity of the American Muslim community.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, Inc. (CAIR Florida, Inc.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established in 2001 to challenge stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and defend civil liberties.

The vast majority of CAIR Florida’s work deals with civil rights and anti-defamation. CAIR Florida has consistently won praise from elected officials and the media for its tenacious efforts to combat both discrimination against Muslims and Islamophobia.

CAIR Florida’s vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR Florida’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Mission

Our mission is simple: to defend the civil rights of Florida’s Muslim community and to promote a more just and equitable society for all – join us in this vital work today.

Vision

We believe that every person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their background or beliefs – that’s why we’re committed to promoting justice and equality for all. 

CAIR-Florida Staff

Imam Abdullah Jaber

Executive Director

Imam Abdullah Jaber is Executive Director for CAIR-Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida. CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.

Raniah El-Gendi

Programs Director

Wilfredo Ruiz, Esq

Media & Outreach Director

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.

Omar Saleh, Esq

Civil Rights Managing Attorney

Omar Saleh has been a Florida licensed attorney since 2011. Before joining CAIR Florida, Omar opened a Miami law office representing clients in real estate and other civil litigation matters including mortgage foreclosure and debt defense, business and personal litigation, and bankruptcy.

Sarah Anderson, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Sarah E. Anderson is a legal assistant at CAIR-FL. Ms. Anderson attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After graduation, Ms. Anderson worked at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School as an aide for first and second grade. She later taught third grade and middle school grammar and writing.

Ahmed Khan, Esq

Staff Attorney

Malcom X expresses so elegantly my beliefs on justice and equality. The need to seek both in the society in which we live today is the reason that I am part of CAIR-Florida. I seek to protect the rights of Muslim communities as well as immigrants and other marginalized groups who have had their civil liberties infringed upon or taken from them.

Robert Sichta

Staff Attorney

Silvia Nagi

Intake Specialist

Silvia Nagi, Civil Rights Coordinator for CAIR-Florida, was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She comes from a humble, close-knit family with ten siblings where she learned about humility and generosity. Her parents taught them that, even if you don’t have a lot of money, you should always try to offer someone a helping hand or a plate of food.

Hiba Rahim

Policy Manager

Hiba Rahim is an American-Muslim activist and community organizer. With a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, she formerly worked as a radio talk show host, a television news anchor, a college instructor, and a researcher for numerous human rights organizations.

Rania Ghonim

Operations Manager

Sabha Ali Hammad

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

CAIR-FL Board of Directors

Bilal Abdurrashid

Vice President

Saba Ali

Director