If there's one statistic that explains the inspiration behind the Council of American-Islamic Relations' Muslim Youth Leadership Program it's this: Since 2005, the proportion of Americans with a favorable view of Islam decreased by more than ten percent.

Organizations like CAIR exist to push back against Islamaphobia and violence against Muslims that are common when those kinds of negative perceptions are so widespread.

In 2013, the CAIR-WA office received reports of over 350 cases of discrimination against Muslims in our state alone.

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