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CAIR Florida Participates in Department of Justice Community Resilience Meeting

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2016 Community Resilience Meeting. From left to right: Wifredo Ferrer, Esq., George Piro, Ari C. Shapira, Benjamin Greenberg, Esq., Sofian Zakkout, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, Esq.

 

(MIAMI, FL, 1/22/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR - FL), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, participated in a Federal and local law enforcement conclave convened by the U.S. Department of Justice under the name: Community Resilience Meeting.  The meeting’s discussion, held on the U.S. Attorney’s Office Building in Miami on Thursday afternoon, was focused on ways that the law enforcement agencies can continue to work together with community leaders, like CAIR Florida, on building and keeping the community safe and resilient as it faces new and ever-changing threats.

The speakers included: U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, FBI Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) representative Ari C. Shapira, Acting Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department Juan Perez, Chief of Miami Police Department Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Llanes, Florida State Attorney for Miami-Dade Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, and Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Community engagement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kareem Shora.

 

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2016 Community Resilience Meeting. From left to right: Juan Perez, Kareem Shora,U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, Esq., George Piro; Ari C. Shapira, Benjamin Greenberg, Esq., and Sofian Zakkout

During his presentation, Mr. Shora openly commended CAIR Florida for organizing previous events where he was able to present the South Florida Muslim community with avenues to identify resources and grants through DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the protection of places of worship.

Also in attendance with CAIR FL’s Operations Director Nezar Hamze and Wilfredo A. Ruiz,  Communications Director; were the following other local Muslim organizations: AMANA, COSMOS, Masjid Al-Ansar, the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, as well as other area community representatives.

Ruiz stated: “These one-on-one meetings with FBI’s Special Agent in Charge George Piro, our U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, and with the Senior Policy Advisor of the DHS, Kareem Shora are meaningful. Although brief, they do open direct lines of communications with our community by informing them of available services and resources. More importantly, these talks often result in obtaining a faster and more efficient response time for investigations of those individuals who pose threats to our children’s and family’s safety. 

CAIR Florida’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.