Our MISSION IN ACTION

Our Work

MLFA-funded boutique law firm,
The Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA)

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The Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA), was founded in 2014, with funding from Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA). CLCMA has grown into the largest strategically focused, nonprofit law center dedicated to defending constitutional rights for Muslims in America. CLCMA’s Director and Counsel, Charles Swift, leads a team of bright and committed attorneys, fellows, and staff concentrating in immigration, civil, criminal, and nonprofit compliance matters. CLCMA provides all of its services pro bono.

Civil Rights Litigation

CLCMA protects the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution through targeted civil litigation against the federal, state and local governments

Criminal Defense

The rights under granted to both citizens and no-citizens in the United States under the Constitution protect the most basic of human rights.

Immigration

In the field of immigration, CLCMA is committed to fighting for the rights of Muslims in the United States facing discrimination based on race

FBI Interviews

The FBI seeks to interview members of the Muslim community for multiple reasons apart from investigating the individual for criminal.

Habeas Corpus

CLCMA represents defendants filing federal habeas petitions under 18 USC § 2255 for national security related cases and cases involving religious discrimination

Training

Community education is key to ensuring individuals recognize when their fundamental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution are being violated.

MLFA engaged the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana to pursue the goals of our shared mission for a stronger, well-equipped, more secure nonprofit sector for American Muslim nonprofits. Together, we are helping these organizations be fully compliant with legal, governance and nonprofit best practices. This work has included providing Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Assessments to Muslim American nonprofits and conducting Nonprofit Board Boot Camps.

MLFA co-sponsors and organizes training programs, symposiums, and seminars; convenes philanthropic leaders; conducts research and recruits Muslims in the field to train and empower a new generation of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. To engage a larger and more diverse set of Muslim American organizations, MLFA also coordinates with the Center on Muslim Philanthropy (CMP). These two organizations have trained over 400 Muslim American nonprofits over the past few years. Over 1000 participants attended their webinars in the six weeks after the COVID pandemic was declared.

MLFA aligns with the MPI mission to expand research in the under-studied area of best practices for Muslim nonprofits. Together, we are developing thought leadership, framing ongoing conversations, and training philanthropic and nonprofit leaders within the American Muslim community.

Muslim Philanthropy Institute was established in 2017 as a joint-initiative of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy dean’s office and is guided by a Council of Advisors appointed by the Dean of the School.

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The Ihsan Standard Consultation w/SS

The Ihsan Standard Leadership Excellence in
Community-Based Nonprofits

The Ihsan Standard is a pro bono legal project—dedicated to excellence among minority-led and Muslim American nonprofits. We provide nonprofit legal audits and leadership trainings to promote transparency and community confidence. We primarily focus on nonprofit legal issues related to governance, risk, and compliance. 

We are developing a nationwide attorney referral list to help address legal issues beyond the scope of the project. Your services can be pro bono, sliding scale, or full fee. If you are interested in adding your name to this referral list, please complete this brief form.
 

By adding your name to this list, you are consenting to:
1. the receipt of information from The Ihsan Standard, and
2. the distribution of your contact information with potential clients who might benefit from your services.

This form does not obligate you to accept any referrals. Please direct any questions to ihsan@iu.edu. The Ihsan Standard is implemented by the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and funded by the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA).

Attorneys wishing to join our referral list should:

MLFA engaged the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana to pursue the goals of our shared mission for a stronger, well-equipped, more secure nonprofit sector for American Muslim nonprofits. Together, we are helping these organizations be fully compliant with legal, governance and nonprofit best practices. This work has included providing Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Assessments to Muslim American nonprofits and conducting Nonprofit Board Boot Camps.

MLFA co-sponsors and organizes training programs, symposiums, and seminars; convenes philanthropic leaders; conducts research and recruits Muslims in the field to train and empower a new generation of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. To engage a larger and more diverse set of Muslim American organizations, MLFA also coordinates with the Center on Muslim Philanthropy (CMP). These two organizations have trained over 400 Muslim American nonprofits over the past few years. Over 1000 participants attended their webinars in the six weeks after the COVID pandemic was declared.

MLFA aligns with the MPI mission to expand research in the under-studied area of best practices for Muslim nonprofits. Together, we are developing thought leadership, framing ongoing conversations, and training philanthropic and nonprofit leaders within the American Muslim community.

Muslim Philanthropy Institute was established in 2017 as a joint-initiative of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy dean’s office and is guided by a Council of Advisors appointed by the Dean of the School.