Ramadan 2024: Defending the Defenders

2023 Annual Report

MLFA Files Against Harvard University

The Gaza Impact

What are Muslims in America facing

Anti-Muslim sentiment has become normalized in America, and the effects of this social shift are being felt in every area of society from the classroom to the courtroom.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the United States government instituted a comprehensive federal effort, internationally and domestically, to prevent future terror attacks in the United States.

The domestic effort sought to identify and incapacitate “potential terrorists” living among the U.S. population through criminal prosecution, denial of immigration status, deportation, restrictions on the ability to travel, and community surveillance. This effort was authorized by the passage of the PATRIOT Act and led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”). The effort rested on the assumption, without evidence, that the American Muslim population constitutes a clear and present danger to national security.

American Muslims present no significant threat in reality, and federal officials admit that Islamic terrorism is not even the greatest terrorist threat facing the United States: white supremacy is. Yet the federal government continues to promote this misconception in many ways, and codifies it into laws and official procedures with little to no transparency, like the Terrorist Watchlist.

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About Us

MLFA is leading the fight for

American Muslims

The Muslim Legal Fund (MLFA) is a community-centric grassroots non-profit organization fighting for national security reform, upholding and establishing justice in our courtrooms and communities for Muslims in America.

MLFA is the leading nonprofit legal fund dedicated to defending Muslims’ civil rights and liberties at the federal level.

In the guise of national security, MLFA is addressing unwarranted actions towards Muslims, such as travel restrictions, immigration denials, bank account closures, extra scrutiny of nonprofit work, prisoners denied religious accommodations, unjust prosecutions and unfair trials, excessive sentences, and cruel conditions for Muslim prisoners, informants targeting vulnerable youth and Muslims being intimidated into betraying their faith.

100+

Years of Combined Legal Experience

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Active cases - Civil Litigation

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Active cases - Immigration Litigation

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Criminal Litigation in 2022

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Years in Business

IN THE COURTS

The Muslim Legal Fund of America is here to make justice possible through the protections and privileges promised by the U.S. Constitution. We believe in liberty and justice for all. We know that Muslims in legal trouble will not have access to justice if they stand alone. We’re here to stand up for the vulnerable members of our ummah, those who are unfairly targeted, those whose livelihood is at stake, those who are separated from their families, those who are humiliated and disgraced by unfounded criminal investigations or surveillance

¨Impossible¨ is Not a Word We Know

For two decades, our track record spoke for itself. We welcome the cases that no one wanted to touch. MLFA continues to step in when everyone else stepped out. We secure the highest quality legal representation for individuals facing adverse immigration, civil, and criminal challenges in the guise of national security. MLFA has opened legal funds for Imams, community leaders, activists, organizations, and any American Muslim the community believed was being treated unfairly by the legal system.

04/10/24 Reposted from mondoweiss.net Youth are driving a generational shift in how the Muslim community engages in U.S....
03/22/24 Reposted from wric.com RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A pro-Palestinian group based in Virginia wants a Richmond judge...
03/31/24 Reposted from almayadeen.net Two board members have resigned due to the proposed resolution put forth by the...
Civil Litigation Department Head, Christina Jump, on how she filed a lawsuit against Harvard University after allegations of harassment against...
Students say that Harvard violated their civil rights by allowing harassment to go unpunished.

MLFA Books Library

The following are the selection of books that we are collectively reading and discussing with the author at the end of each book club cycle to engage in active analysis and reflections from our current state and experiences.
The Mauritanian by Mohamedou Slahi
The Mauritanian by Mohamedou Slahi
This "profound and disturbing" (New York Times Book Review) bestseller written by a Guantánamo prisoner will soon be a major...
We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders by Linda Sarsour
We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders by Linda Sarsour
Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women's March, shares an "unforgettable memoir" (Booklist) about how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist,...
This Muslim American Life by Moustafa Bayoumi
This Muslim American Life by Moustafa Bayoumi
Winner of the 2016 Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Arab American Book Award A collection of insightful and heartbreaking essays on Muslim-American...

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We DEFEND Muslims by providing pro bono legal services in criminal, civil, and immigration law at the federal level.

We PROTECT Muslim community organizations by offering pro bono legal screenings, promoting leadership excellence, and facilitating preventive legal health.

We EDUCATE Muslims by spreading awareness of constitutional rights and by investing in future social justice leaders.

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