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CAIR-MI to file two civil rights complaints against Michigan Dept. of Corrections

Posted: 10:59 AM, Apr 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-18 19:10:13-04

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan filed two civil rights complaints against the Michigan Department of Corrections on behalf of a pregnant Muslim woman in their custody.

CAIR says a Muslim woman housed at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility who was not given access to a hijab and denied religious meal accommodations while in administrative segregation.

Siwatu-Salama Ra is being housed at the correctional facility after a recent conviction for a weapons charge for defending herself, her mother and her child from an attack that occurred at her mother's home in 2017. 

CAIR is also filing a second complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for an African-American female religious leader who was denied clergy status at the same facility.

CAIR says that upon presentation of the proper paperwork for a clergy visit, the staff at the women's correctional facility questioned the validity of Michigan's Oldest Mosque as a true religious organization.

“It is troublesome that we were forced to file complaints against the Michigan Department of Corrections for denying appropriate food accommodations for an eight-month pregnant woman,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “It is equally troubling that MDOC called into question the religious legitimacy of one of the oldest mosques in America, an institution at which I previously served as an imam.”